Still in contact with Congress leaders due to long association, Assam CM says after Cong leader claims
Updated: Jul 31, 2022 10:50 PM STI
Guwahati (Assam) [India]Jul 31 (ANI): Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma said today that he is still in contact with his former party cadres due to his 22-year association with the Congress.
Speaking to reporters, Biswa said, “Even the highest figures in Congress keep in touch with me. We don’t talk politics, but being in a party for over 22 years, we keep in touch. I don’t know why the FIR was filed. So.”
This came after Jharkhand Congress MP Kumar Jaimangal alleged that Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma was playing a major role in haggling MPs to overthrow the JMM-Cong coalition government.
Sarma moved to the BJP from Congress in 2015.
Jaimangal has written a letter of complaint against three Congress MPs caught in the Howrah of West Bengal with a huge sum of money. He alleged that the trio called him in Kolkata to take him to Guwahati and meet Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma in Guwahati with them where he was promised a ministerial place and crores worth money after overthrowing the government JMM-Congress in the Tribal Dominated State.
His letter stated that Assam CM is “doing so with the blessing of the best shots of the BJP political party sitting in Delhi.” Lawmaker Bermo said the arrested Congress MPs asked him to come to Kolkata and leave for Guwahati together. Besides Rs 10 crore for each MP, Jamtara lawmaker Irfan Ansari told him that he was promised the post of health minister in the new BJP government.
Kumar Jaimangal Singh addressed the complaint letter to Argora Police Station in Ranchi.
On a complaint by Congress MP Kumar Jaimangal Singh, the police registered Zero FIR against the three MPs (Irfan Ansari, Rajesh Kachhap and Naman Bixal Kongari). The FIR will be transferred to Howrah where the three were arrested after recovering money from their possession.
Three Congress MPs from Jharkhand were arrested in Howrah district of West Bengal on Saturday night after a huge sum of cash was found in their vehicle, police said. The SUV in which MPs Irfan Ansari, Rajesh Kachchap and Naman Bixal Kongari were traveling was intercepted on National Road 16 in Ranihati in the area of Panchla police station.
Relatives of Congress MP Irfan Ansari have refuted allegations that the BJP was trying to destabilize the JMM-Cong coalition government in Jharkhand, making the startling statement, “the government cannot be overthrown with just a meager sum of Rs 40 -50 lakh”. The Congress party on Sunday suspended three MPs, who were detained with a huge sum of money in West Bengal on Saturday, with immediate effect.
Addressing a press conference today, Jharkhand’s General Secretary and Party in Charge of Congress, Avinash Pande said: “The three MPs, who were detained with a mountain of cash yesterday, have been suspended of the party with immediate effect”. that the BJP attempted to destabilize the state government following the seizure of money from three MPs, the BJP criticized Congress for its allegations.
Speaking to ANI, BJP Spokesperson Pratul Shahdeo said, “Whenever Congress or the government leaders of Jharkhand encounter difficulties, they immediately start using the word ‘destabilize’ as the Pakistani government uses the word Kashmir. But they cannot escape by blaming the BJP.”
Notably, the JMM (Jharkhand Mukti Morcha)-Congress alliance is in power in Jharkhand and the BJP is in opposition. (ANI)