Guwahati (Assam), April 3 : Health Minister senior BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma has moved the Gauhati High Court challenging the ban by the Election Commission for 48-hour on campaigning ahead of final phase of polls in the state today .
The hearing is likely to take place after sometime .
The Election Commission banned him from campaigning after the minister made remarks against against Bodoland People’s Front chief Hagrama Mohilary that he would jailed for having nexus with militants .
The EC order on Friday stated , “… The Commission hereby strongly condemns the impugned statements made by Himanta Biswa Sarma … The Commission … bars him from holding any public meetings, public processions, public rallies, road shows, interviews and public utterances in media (electronic, print, social media) in connection with ongoing elections for 48 hours from immediate effect on April 02 (Friday).”
Himanta Biswa Sarma denied charges of violation and pleaded with EC to revoke ban against him today morning.
In a letter to the Election Commission he has appealed to the organisation to dismiss the petition lodged by the Congress.
Himanta Biswa who is also the NEDA Chief is one of the star campaigners of the BJP in the state.
The minister was scheduled to participate in seven road shows and public rallies, including West Guwahati.
He was also supposed to hold a road show in his own constituency at Jalukbari, which is going to the polls on April 6.