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Election Commission orders probe against Assam CM for poll code breach

The Assam State Election Commission has ordered a probe against CM Himata Biswa Sarma for allegedly violating the election code while campaigning for the GMC (Guwahati Municipal Corporation) elections.

Kamrup Metropolitan deputy commissioner Pallab Gopal Jha has been asked by the state election panel to conduct the probe.

The order comes after the Assam Jatiya Parishad reportedly lodged a complaint with the state election panel alleging that the CM violated the code of conduct model by announcing sops to landless residents of Guwahati while campaigning for the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) ahead of the GMC polls.

The regional political party also alleged that Himata Sharma lured voters by offering an extension of the Arunodoi scheme and also promoting 10 crore INR to each ward for development activities.

The polls for all 60 wards of the GMC are slated to be held on the 22nd of April and the counting of the votes will take place on the 24th of April. A total of 7,96,829 voters are eligible to cast their vote at 789 polling stations.