EC should bar PM Modi, HM Shah from campaigning in Assam: Congress

Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala on Saturday said the Election Commission should also ban Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP chief JP Nadda from campaigning to ensure free and fair elections in the state.

Congress leader’s statement came a day after the EC barred BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma from campaigning.

“EC barring Himanta Biswa Sarma from campaigning for 48 hours proves that BJP has lost polls and is resorting to tactics to influence polls. But, they are not going to get successful in their conspiracy. We urge that though notices have been given to newspaper which ran the advertisements, it should also bar Narendra Modi, Amit Shah, Sarbananda Sonowal and JP Nadda too who were shown in ads in Assam’s newspapers, for free and fair polls,” Surjewala told news agency ANI.

The poll body on Friday barred Sarma from campaigning for 48 hours for his remark against Bodoland People’s Front Chairperson Hagrama Mohilary. Sarma, who had switched from the Congress ahead of the elections, is contesting from Jalukbari.

Surjewala also urged the EC to investigate the matter of “stolen EVMs that were found from the car of BJP candidate” in Assam.

“The arrest orders of BJP workers should be issued. Only then a fair election can be ensured,” he said.