GUWAHATI, April 11 - Following a complaint, officials of the State Election Commission made an attempt to prevent Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi from conducting a press conference at Hotel Ambarish located in Ganeshguri area this morning.
Although the officials led by Chinmoy Nath asked the Chief Minister not to conduct the press conference, reasoning that it would amount to violation of the model code of conduct, the Chief Minister, however, went ahead and addressed the Press.
Gogoi had in a recent press conference charged the Election Commission with making biased moves at the behest of the BJP.
The Legal Cell of the State chapter of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) formally lodged a complaint with the Election Commission demanding action against the Chief Minister.
�Holding a press conference during the period of 48 hours ending with hour fixed for conclusion of poll breaches Section 126 of the Representation of People�s Act (RPA), 1951, which carries a quantum of punishment which may extend to two years or with fine or with both,� advocate Bijon Mahajan of BJP's Legal Cell told this reporter.
As it is a non cognizable case (complaint case), the matter would be referred to the Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate for its logical end.
Later, Additional Chief Electoral Officer Nitin Khare issued a notice to all television channels and radio stations not to air the press conference citing provisions of the RPA Act.