Assembly Election 2023: The Election Commission (EC) has issued notices to Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in response to separate complaints lodged against them. Both leaders have been asked to respond to the notices by Monday evening.
- Reply Deadline: The EC warned that both leaders must reply to the notices by Monday evening, and if they fail to do so, the EC will assume they have nothing to say. The EC further stated that it would take “appropriate action” without further contact.
Complaints Against the Leaders
- Complaint Against Himanta Biswa Sarma: The Congress filed a complaint with the EC, alleging that Himanta Biswa Sarma made controversial remarks in a campaign speech targeting Chhattisgarh’s only Muslim minister, Mohammad Akbar, in Kawardha on October 18.
- Complaint Against Priyanka Gandhi Vadra: The Rajasthan BJP accused Priyanka Gandhi of making “false statements” about Prime Minister Narendra Modi and invoked his personal religious devotion. The EC’s notice to Priyanka Gandhi mentioned that a person’s relationship with a deity should not be a matter of public scrutiny and that her statement diminishes the devotee in the public’s estimation.
Upcoming Assembly Elections in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh
- Election Context: The assembly elections in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh are scheduled to be held next month. The complaints and notices come amid the ongoing election campaign in these states.
- Issues Raised in Campaign: Himanta Biswa Sarma had raised several issues during his campaign in Chhattisgarh, including allegations of religious conversion and secularism. In his speech, he criticized the Bhupesh Baghel-led Congress government for encouraging tribal religious conversions and questioned their approach to secularism.
The Election Commission’s issuance of notices reflects the ongoing campaign dynamics and the complaints filed by political parties ahead of the upcoming assembly elections in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh.