GUWAHATI, Sept 26 - Accusing the BJP-led State government of having violated the Model Code of Conduct by launching the Free Drugs Scheme for tea garden hospitals post announcement of the schedule for bypolls to four Legislative Assembly seats of Assam, the opposition Congress has approached the Election Commission of India (ECI) seeking action against Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and his government.
The Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) has sent a written complaint to the Chief Election Commissioner in this regard.
In the letter, the Congress said that Sonowal had formally launched the Free Drugs Scheme for 651 tea garden hospitals of Assam during a function organised here on September 24 by the National Health Mission and the Department of Health and Family Welfare of the Government of Assam.
The party has alleged that the launch of the scheme �will definitely benefit the BJP-led government� in the ensuing by-elections to the four Assembly constituencies of Jania, Ratabari, Sonari and Rangapara, which are scheduled for October 21.
Congress said the scheme was launched after announcement of the polls to the four seats by the ECI and added that the State government and the Chief Minister violated the Model Code of Conduct by doing so.
It called upon the ECI to take necessary action against Sonowal and the State government for the �greater interest of free and fair election�.