GUWAHATI, April 12 � The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Assam Pradesh today accused the Election Commission (EC) of playing the role of a silent spectator in the Assembly elections in the State that concluded yesterday alleging that it did not act on a single complaint lodged by the party including its protest against the violation of the model code of conduct by a few Congress candidates.
The party also asserted that the mandate of the electorate will go in favour of the opposition parties who will form the next government.
Addressing mediapersons here, State BJP president Ranjit Dutta said that the EC has till now not responded to any of its objections including its complaint lodged against Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma for flouting poll norms.
Dutta further alleged that the government machinery left no stone unturned to harass or inflict mental torture on the BJP members.
�The Congress government, the administration and the police harassed and threatened the BJP members, and created hurdles during our campaigning,� alleged Dutta regretting that though the EC had assured that its observers would be everywhere, in reality the picture was totally different and the Congress had a field day violating the election norms.
�Our candidate for Jalukbari constituency Pradyut Bora was manhandled by Congress members as he had opposed their ferrying voters in vehicles on the ground that it was violation of the model code of conduct,� Dutta slammed the Congress.
On the other hand, Dutta asserted that the BJP will increase its seat tally this time as its organizational base has been strengthened in upper Assam and the wind was blowing in its favour in the north bank too. He predicted that the Congress will not get more than three seats in Sonitpur, Lakhimpur and Dhemaji.
Dutta said that the BJP will get between 25 and 30 seats, but ruled out the possibility of forging an alliance with the AIUDF and the Left parties to form a government.
The party has demanded of the EC to seal the main door of the place where the EVMs would be kept for more than a month and to allow the opposition parties to put their respective locks.
It has appealed to the Chief Secretary of the State and other heads of the government departments to ensure the safety of the important files till the new government is formed. �We request the administrative officials not to give the important files to the ministers as it may be manipulated or lost,� said Dutta.