Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has tendered an “unconditional apology” to the Election Commission “in case of any inadvertent commission/omission of any provision of the Model Code of Conduct”. 

“The Commission, issues warning to him (Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma) and cautions him to be more careful and exercise restraint in future and strictly follow the provisions of Model Code of Conduct, while making public utterances,” the EC said in an order. 

The EC said it had received two complaints that Sarma, in the capacity of chief minister and the designated star campaigner for BJP Assam, made announcements at various poll meetings in Bhawanipur, Thowrah and Mariani assembly seats for establishing the medical college, bridges, roads, high schools, stadium and sports complex. 

He also announced giving financial assistance to self-help groups of tea garden workers, the poll panel said. 

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The Election Commission had issued notice to Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma on the basis of complaints lodged by the Leader of Opposition in Assam Legislative Assembly, Debabrata Saikia and Assam Congress president Bhupen Kumar Borah.  

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