A day after a Jharkhand Congress MLA alleged that Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma is trying to topple the government in the state, the BJP has hit back calling the allegations “baseless”.
Mr Sarma today shared a tweet by the Assam government spokesperson Pijush Hazarika where he posted pictures of the Jharkhand Congress MLA Kumar Jaimangal meeting union minister Pralhad Joshi with the Assam Chief Minister also present. Mr Hazarika claimed that the Chief Minister had taken the MLA to meet Mr Joshi five days before the FIR to help him with a trade union related matter. The MLA is also the national secretary of the grand old party’s trade union wing.
— Pijush Hazarika (@Pijush_hazarika) August 2, 2022
The Jharkhand legislator wrote a letter accusing the three Congress MLAs arrested in West Bengal’s Howrah with a huge amount of cash of luring him into the BJP with a promise of crores in cash and a ministerial berth.
He alleged that the trio had called him to Kolkata to take him to Guwahati and meet Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma in Guwahati along with them where he would have been promised a ministerial berth and cash worth crores after bringing down the JMM-Congress government in the tribal-dominated state.
The Assam Chief Minister “is doing it with the blessings of top shots of BJP political party sitting in Delhi,” his letter said.
Mr Sarma has responded saying the FIR filed by Mr Jaimangal is akin to the Congress asking Ottavio Quattrocchi to file a case against Bofors. Italian businessman Ottavio Quattrocchi was at the centre of the multi-million dollar Bofors scam which scalded the political careers of many Indian leaders including its youngest Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
“Fake FIR in #Jharkhand. The so-called FIR looks like @INCIndia asking Ottavio Quattrocchi to file a case against Bofors,” Mr Sarma said while retweeting Mr Hazarika’s tweet,
— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) August 2, 2022
“Even topmost persons of Congress keep in touch with me. We don’t talk about politics but being in a party for over 22 years, we keep in touch. I don’t know why FIR was filed on this,” Chief Minister Sarma had earlier said about allegations by Kumar Jaimangal Singh.