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Mahanta daughter slams legislator

Guwahati, Feb. 14: Former chief minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta’s daughter Prajoyeeta Kashyap today lodged a complaint with police against Sootea legislator Padma Hazarika, accusing him of making derogatory comments against her in an interview with a local TV channel.

In her complaint, lodged with the all-women police station here, Kashyap said in the TV interview telecast on Wednesday, Hazarika had referred to her using “obscene and derogatory” words, coupled with “sexually coloured” remarks in a bid to outrage her modesty.

“After the telecast of the programme, I have become the butt of ridicule among my family and friends. Further, by casting aspersions on my character and integrity, my dignity has been lowered among the public,” Kashyap, 23, who is a writer, said in the complaint.

Senior superintendent of police (city) Anand Prakash Tiwari said a case had been registered and the matter was being investigated.

When contacted, Hazarika refused comment.

Hazarika, who is known to be a detractor of the AGP president, was expelled from the party for allegedly making a deliberate mistake during voting in the Rajya Sabha polls on February 7, in which an Opposition-backed candidate lost narrowly. In the TV interview, he lashed out at Mahanta for his expulsion. He admitted the mistake but said the AGP did not brief him on how to cast his vote.

In another development, the All Assam Minorities Students’ Union (AAMSU) today accused AIUDF chief Badruddin Ajmal of being involved in horse-trading.

“If Ajmal is morally clear, he should suspend the AIUDF MLAs who deliberately made their votes invalid to facilitate the victory of all three candidates backed by the ruling alliance in the elections to pave the way for a fair probe. Ajmal must make his stand clear within the next three days,” AAMSU president Abdur Rahim Ahmed said.

Assam government spokesperson Himanta Biswa Sarma today denied the allegation levelled by Union minister and Congress MP Ranee Narah that DoNER minister Paban Singh Ghatowar had given money to BJP president Sarbananda Sonowal and BJP MLA Prasanta Phukan to ensure the victory of the Congress candidates.

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