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Himanta Biswa Sarma’s “Old Friends” Response to Jharkhand Congress Allegations -by Ecork

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that Congress leaders are his old friends. (File)

Guwahati:

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Sunday said he continues to be in touch with Congress leaders because of his long association with the party, countering allegations of his involvement in a plot to topple the JMM-led Jharkhand government.

Mr Sarma, the BJP strongman of the Northeast, said that the Congress leaders were his old friends and there was nothing much to read into it.

“Congress leaders are contacting me like old friends. I have been in the party for 20 years. They meet me when they are here and I also meet them when they are in New Delhi,” he told reporters.

Mr Sarma, who switched to the BJP in 2015, made the statement after the Congress said three of its Jharkhand MLAs caught in money laundering in West Bengal’s Howrah were in touch with the Assam chief minister.

Acting on a tip-off, the West Bengal Police on Saturday evening seized an SUV in which Congress legislators Irfan Ansari, Rajesh Kachchap and Naman Bixal Kongari were travelling, and they allegedly found a huge amount of money in the vehicle. . After interrogating them during the night, the police arrested them on Sunday afternoon.

The Congress said the BJP is trying to topple its coalition government with the JMM in Jharkhand by giving Rs 10 crore to each MLA, besides promising a ministerial post.

After filing a police case on this, Jharkhand Congress legislator Kumar Jaimangal said, “Rajesh Kachchap and Naman Bixal Kongari are asking me to go to Kolkata and they are giving me money, promising Rs 10 crore for MLA. Ifran Ansari and Rajesh Kachchap wanted to take me. to Guwahati from Kolkata where according to them a meeting was arranged with Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.

Before the fall of Uddhav Thackeray’s government in Maharashtra, the rebel Siv Sena MPS, led by now Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, had stayed in a hotel in Guwahati, said to be under the patronage of the Assam government’s Himanta Biswa. Sarma has managed.

Mr. Sarma had visited the luxury hotel on the day legislators from Maharashtra arrived in the city, while state ministers and police officers were seen at the hotel regularly during their stay.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from an integrated feed.)

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