|Congress’s Gauhati candidate Manas Bora greets voters at a rally on Wednesday. Picture by UB Photos
Guwahati, March 26: The AGP today lodged a complaint with the Election Commission against Kamrup (metro) deputy commissioner Ashutosh Agnihotri for “violating the model code of conduct”.
Senior AGP leader Satyabrata Kalita said Agnihotri had completed three years as the deputy commissioner of Kamrup (metro). According to rules, any government official who completes three years in any particular post must be transferred, he added.
“But in the case of Agnihotri, the government has not implemented the transfer rule. Many other officials who have completed three years have been transferred to adhere to the model code of conduct. We have strong reasons to believe that the Tarun Gogoi government has not transferred Agnihotri with an intention to use him in the Lok Sabha elections for the benefit of the Congress,” Kalita said.
Kalita said the complaint was formally lodged with the state election office by AGP general secretary Kamala Kalita. The party alleged that the Congress was trying to use the state machinery to win the Gauhati Lok Sabha seat.
Assam chief electoral officer Vijayendra confirmed receiving a complaint from the AGP against Agnihotri. “I will look into it,”
A senior official in the Kamrup (metro) administration has, however, rejected the AGP’s complaint and said Agnihotri was doing his job according to the instructions of the Election Commission.
“Agnihotri has not completed three years as Kamrup (metro) deputy commissioner. He will complete three years on July 8. Moreover, the Election Commission had written to the Assam government in February allowing Agnihotri to continue as the deputy commissioner as well as the district returning officer. Under such circumstances, there is no case of violation of election code of conduct,” the official said.
Campaigning by different political parties for the Gauhati seat has picked up. There are 10 Assembly constituencies under Gauhati. While the Congress has fielded Manas Bora, BJP sitting MP Bijoya Chakraborty is once again contesting the polls.
Sources said there would be tough contest between Bora, the son of Assam social welfare minister Akon Bora, and Chakraborty.
Birendra Prasad Baishya and Gopi Nath Das are contesting the polls from Gauhati on AGP and AIUDF tickets respectively.