Even as polling in Assam draws to a close, the state's chief minister Tarun Gogoi has landed in a spot of trouble as a case has been filed against him by the Election Commission for holding a press conference on a poll day.
An FIR has been filed against Gogoi for violation of the Representation of People Act, according to PTI.
Earlier, the Bharatiya Janata Party in Assam had raised the issue, terming the CM's action as 'brazen'
— BJP Assam Pradesh (@bjpassampradesh) April 11, 2016
How cn a CM blatantly violate model code of conduct n challenge EC 2 arrest him?Scared of defeat Congress allows Gogoi 2 dishonour democracy
— Ram Madhav (@rammadhavbjp) April 11, 2016
On his part, Gogoi had earlier in the day accused Election Commission officials of bias and dared them to arrest him, according to a report by NDTV. He had claimed that while the poll panel did not take action for purported violations of the model code of conduct, it raided the houses of other Congress leaders without reasons.
The first phase of polling in the state on 4 April had witnessed an 82.20 percent voter turnout in 65 of the 126 Assembly constituencies spread across upper Assam, two hill districts and Barak Valley. The second phase, held on Monday, has seen a 71% turnout. Now, with an FIR filed against the chief minister, there has been a belated twist in the election in Assam.
First Published On : Apr 11, 2016 20:35 IST