Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has been issued a show-cause notice by the Election Commission for violating the model code of conduct on Monday. This was because the Assam CM had promised the development of roads and other projects in the state while campaigning for Assam by-polls.
The Election Commission has asked the Chief Minister of Assam to respond to the notice before 5 pm on Tuesday.
The EC stated, "If no explanation is submitted within the specified time limit, the Commission will make a decision without further reference with you."
This notice was served after two complaints were filed against the Assam CM for promising the establishment of medical colleges, bridges, roads, high schools, stadium and sports complexes in his campaign speech in the constituencies of Mariani, Thowra and Bhawanipur.
In addition to this, the Assam CM also reportedly made promises of providing financial assistance to self-help groups of tea garden workers.
Based on the English transcripts of the CM's speeches, the EC stated, "It is confirmed that you have made promises and announcements…The panel believes that by making the statements, you have violated the said provision of the Model Code of Conduct and the guidelines."
The EC added, "The announcement of new projects or programmes, concessions or financial grants in whatever form or promises thereof, or the laying of foundation stones, etc., all have the impact of influencing voters in favour of the ruling party."