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Show cause notice issued to BJP ex-MLA for criticism

Das mentioned that Sarma demeaned the party’s position before the public and also tried to provoke voters against the party on polling day….reports Asian Lite News

Assam BJP has issued a show cause notice to its former MLA Ashok Sarma for criticising the party leadership.

Sarma was an MLA from Nalbari and according to show cause notice, he spoke before the media against the party leadership and also made the party’s internal matter public.

Assam BJP General Secretary and MP Pallab Lochan Das wrote to Sarma that the party’s Nalbari district unit conducted a meeting and complained to state BJP President Bhabesh Kalita against the former MLA.

Das mentioned that Sarma demeaned the party’s position before the public and also tried to provoke voters against the party on polling day.

As per the notice, the former MLA’s behaviour was a “clear violation of the party’s discipline”.

Earlier, Sarma was accused of engaging in anti-party activities during the Lok Sabha poll campaign. BJP MP Dilip Saikia had launched a sharp attack against Sarma, claiming that the former MLA has worked against him in the Darrang-Udalguri Lok Sabha seat.

Assam minister Jayanta Mallabaruah has also criticised Sarma’s stand against the party without taking his name and hinted about a possible strict against him.

In the 2016 state Assembly polls, both Sarma and Mallabaruah were strong contenders for the BJP ticket from the Nalbari seat. The party leadership gave ticket to Sarma and he became an MLA from Nalbari. However, in the 2021 elections, Mallabaruah was chosen over Sarma and the former became the minister in the Himanta Biswa Sarma-led cabinet after winning the Nalbari assembly constituency.

Meanwhile, Assam minister Jayanta Mallabaruah asserted that some of the old guards in the state BJP unit, who took a different stand disobeying the party line, will face disciplinary action once Lok Sabha polls are over in the country.

“Leaders associated with our party since 1950 have hardly devoted any time to the party. I joined the BJP in 2015 and since then I have been giving my everything to the party,” Mallabaruah told media persons.

Although the state cabinet minister did not take names, his salvo was aimed towards former union minister Rajen Gohain and ex-MLA from Nalbari Ashok Sharma.

Between 1991 and 2014, Gohain won the Nagaon Lok Sabha seat four times and represented the BJP in the lower house of the parliament.

However, he was denied a ticket in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Later Gohain was given a cabinet rank post in the Assam government.

Post-delimitation exercise in Assam for redrawing boundaries of assembly and parliamentary constituencies in the state, Rajen Gohain took a hard stand against Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.

He alleged that the Assam Chief Minister made Nagaon a minority-dominated seat which was considered a BJP bastion for a very long time. The former union minister also left the cabinet-rank post in the state government.

This time, BJP has fielded Congress turncoat Suresh Borah in the Nagaon Lok Sabha seat which has of course further irked Rajen Gohain. He continued to attack the BJP state leadership during the poll campaign which drew criticism from other party leaders.

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