Tarun Gogoi holds press meet, EC calls it violation of model code of conduct

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Guwahati, April 1: As people in Assam are casting their votes in second and last phase today, the state Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi was on Monday, April 11, booked for violating the model code of conduct.

The Election Commission of India alleged that 81-year-old Gogoi has violated poll code violation by holding a press meet.

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As part of disciplinary action, the publication and telecast of the press meet was banned by the EC.

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Meanwhile, Gogoi accused Election Commission officials of bias saying they were harassing Congress leaders across the state., while adding that the poll panel did not take any action for violation of code of conduct by BJP leaders like Himanta Biswa Sarma.

"I am a law abiding citizen. But should I not clarify my stand," Gogoi asked. [Profile: Tarun Gogoi]

BJP's chief ministerial candidate in Assam slammed Gogoi by saying, "The Election Commission should take strict action. This is a gross violation of EC norms. He has done that because he is confirmed of his defeat."

Violating model code of conduct during elections may land a politican in jail or he may be imposed a fine.

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