Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Sunday said he was in touch with Congress leaders because of his long association with the party, rejecting allegations of their involvement in a plot to topple the JMM-led Jharkhand government. while doing BJP stalwart Sarma from the Northeast said that Congress leaders are his old friends and there is nothing to read into it.
“Congress leaders keep in touch with me like old friends. I was in this party for 20 years. If they come here, they meet me and I also meet them when I am in New Delhi,” he told reporters. Sarma, who defected to the BJP in 2015, made the statement after the Congress claimed that three of its MLAs from Jharkhand were in touch with the Assam chief minister arrested in a cash case in Howrah, West Bengal.
Acting on a tip-off, the West Bengal Police intercepted an SUV in which Congress MLAs Irfan Ansari, Rajesh Kachap and Naman Buxal were traveling on Saturday evening, and allegedly found a huge amount of cash in the vehicle. Cash was recovered. After overnight interrogation, the police arrested him on Sunday afternoon. The Congress claimed that the BJP was trying to topple its coalition government with the JMM in Jharkhand and was offering Rs 10 crore to each MLA, besides promising ministerial posts. .
After lodging a complaint with the police, Jharkhand Congress MLA Kumar Jamingal claimed, “Rajesh Kuchap and Naman Buxal Kongari were asking me to go to Calcutta and offering money, Rs 10 per MLA. Afran Ansari and Rajesh Kachap wanted to take me from Kolkata to Guwahati where they said a meeting was scheduled with Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.
Before the overthrow of Uddhav Thackeray’s government in Maharashtra, rebel MLAs from the Seva Sena, now led by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, had an extended stay at a hotel in Guwahati, which was allegedly run by the Sarma-led Assam government. was under the patronage of On the day the western state legislators arrived in the city, Sarma himself visited the luxury hotel, while senior state ministers and police officers were regularly spotted at the hotel during their stay.
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