Guwahati : Rajya Sabha member Biswajit Daimary of Bodoland People’s Front (BPC) said that the Prime Minister, Union Ministers, Chief Ministers and Ministers should be barred from campaigning during elections to protect the interest of smaller political parties and Independent candidates and to cut expenditure.
A meeting of all the recognised national and state parties was convened by the Election Commission (EC) on Monday to discuss the fidelity of electoral rolls, election expenditure regulation and inclusion of print media in the election campaign silence period.
“I argued that the Prime Minister, Chief Ministers and ministers provide services like government servants…since the government employees cannot campaign for any political party in any election, the same should apply to the Prime Minister, Union Ministers, Chief Ministers and ministers,” said Daimary.
Daimary further added, “I have also suggested a check on the hefty spending by the bigger political parties. The money power of the bigger political parties often throws the smaller parties and the Independent candidates out of the competition, he added.
Daimary also said that by 2026 anybody can become the chief minister of Assam.
“It is said that Assam will have a Muslim Chief Minister by 2026 because of demographic changes. Assam has always been a pluralistic society, so anybody can become the CM of the State. Nobody should have any qualms about a Muslim becoming the State’s Chief Minister,” he said.