GUWAHATI: The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Saturday has given relief to State BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma by reducing his ban from campaigning to 24 hours from 48 hours.
The order from the Commission came on Saturday following Sarma's request to it, mentioning "accept my sincere regret and assurance of abiding MCC (Model Code of Conduct) in future, and be further pleased to reduce the period of debarment from election campaign from 48 hours to 24 hours".
Sarma had also pleaded on the ground that he is himself a candidate in the constituency which is scheduled for poll on April 6.
"The commission, having considered your unconditional apology and assurance, has decided to modify its order dated April 2, 2021 and reduce the period of debarment from the election campaign from 48 hours to 24 hours to the effect that permission may be granted for holding any public meetings, public processions, public rallies, road shows, etc., by the district administration authorities concerned, where you (Himanta Biswa Sarma) are expected or likely to participate," the ECI said.
"You are directed to ensure compliance of the Commissioner's directions."
The EC, in its Friday order had barred Sarma from addressing any public meetings, road shows, media interviews, public processions, and public rallies, for 48 hours from immediate effect from April 2.