₹10 crore, ministerial berth offered to each MLA for toppling J'hand govt: Cong
Five people including three Congress MLAs from Jharkhand were produced in court today after being nabbed with huge amounts of cash in West Bengal. Now, as the INC and BJP continue to trade barbs and allegations over the situation, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has become tangentially embroiled in the controversy.
Penning a letter of complaint against the three lawmakers, fellow Jharkhand Congress MLA Kumar Jaimangal Singh alleged that he had been offered a significant sum of money as well as ministerial berths to topple the JMM-Congress government in the state. He claimed that the trio had been calling him to Kolkata and intended to take him to Guwahati for a meeting with CM Sarma. The latter has countered the allegations.
"He (Irfan Ansari) said that he has already got money transferred to his persons and once I reach Guwahati and promise it in front of Shri Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma . He assured me that Sarma is doing it with the blessings of top shots of BJP political party sitting in Delhi," the Bermo MLA alleged.
According to him the accused MLAs had called him to Kolkata and promised Rs 10 crore per MLA and ministerial berths.
"Irfan Ansari and Rajesh Kachchap wants me to come to Kolkata and then take me to Guwahati where according to him he will make me meet Himanta Biswa Sarma who will give me assurance of a definite ministerial berth apart from the money. Irfan Ansari has told me that he has already been promised Health ministry in the new government," he wrote.
Sarma however has denied the allegations. "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," he told reporters after being asked about the claims made by Singh.