Day before Majuli by-poll, 2 of 3 candidates get notice for ‘violating’ model code


On the eve of by-polls in Assam’s Majuli Assembly constituency, the Returning Officer on Sunday issued notices to two of the three candidates in the fray for alleged violations of the Model Code of Conduct.


Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP) candidate Chittaranjan Basumatary and SUCI (C) nominee Bhaity Richong uploaded social media posts through their or their party’s accounts after the election campaign ended at 5 pm on Saturday. Is accused of

He asked both the candidates to submit their written explanations by 9 pm on Sunday.


The AJP said Basumatary had apologised unconditionally for the unintentional mistake in his reply.


“We did not know that the election campaign could not be conducted through digital media even after the end of the official campaign. As soon as the issue was brought to our notice by the notice, we deleted the posts,” he said. A JP spokesperson said.


Richong or his party, SUCI (C), could not be reached.


An estimated 1.33 lakh people are eligible to exercise their franchise in the by-elections, which was necessitated by the resignation of the Union Minister for Shipping, Ports and Aysuh Sarbananda Sonowal, who was elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha on September 27.


The former chief minister was elected to the assembly from Majuli constituency twice in a row in 2016 and 2021.


Polling is taking place in the island constituency on Monday, in which BJP’s Bhubaneswar is the third candidate.

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