Guwahati: A complaint has been filed against Assam Minister Ashok Singhal on the grounds of violation of the model code of conduct by Congress leader Debabrata Saikia.
Saikia has filed a complaint with the Chief Election Commissioner against Ashok Singhal stating that the Assam minister has violated the model code of conduct by "making unconstitutional remarks" and allegedly tried to "blackmail" the public to receive votes.
In his letter to the Chief Election Commissioner, the Congress leader stated, "Bye-elections to five constituencies of the state are being held but, during campaigning for the elections, it has been seen that Ashok Singhal has violated constitutional provisions and the Model Code of Conduct while making public statements."
He added, "While participating in an election rally at Gossaigaon constituency, the minister stated that there will be no development in the constituency if people do not vote for BlP in the bye-election and that construction work on a dyke would be started within two months after voting for the BJP to power. On the other hand, he said that the work would not be carried out if people do not vote for B.IP, further asking people publicly to give with one hand and take with the other."
He further said, "Such remarks are very unfortunate because, under a democratic system, there is provision for equal development for all irrespective of race, religion and language."
Assam is all set to conduct the by-polls elections on October 30 in the assembly constituencies of Mariani, Thowra, Gossaigaon, Bhabaipur and Tamulpur.