Amid the PPE kit row in Assam the place Assam chief minister Himata Biswa Sarma has been accused of giving a contract to his spouse Riniki Bhuyan Sarma, an allegation now amplified by the Aam Aadmi Party, the Assam chief minister on Sunday attacked Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal referring to his 2020 tweet alternate with Delhi BJP MP cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir. “Delhi CM suo moto offered to buy PPE kits from anywhere without tender. Why? Does his Deputy CM think the CM is corrupt as he asked someone to arrange PPE kits from somewhere immediately, and said that Delhi Govt will buy them? No reference to any tender etc,” Himanta Biswa wrote on Twitter. Also Read: AAP’s Sisodia says Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma gave PPE kits’ contracts to kin
After the alleged PPE scam in Assam was reported, Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia on Saturday accused Himanta Biswa of corruption, claiming that because the well being minister, Himanta in 2020 had given the contract to a agency wherein Sarma’s spouse is a companion. Sisodia stated on this contract one PPE kit was priced at ₹990, whereas the Assam authorities had the choice to purchase PPE kits at ₹600 per piece from different corporations. Also Read: ‘Unfounded accusations’: Assam CM’s spouse refutes studies of PPE kits scam
Countering Sisodia’s allegation, Himanta Biswa Sarma claimed that these PPE kits have been donated by his spouse’s company underneath its company social accountability and the federal government didn’t pay something. The tug-of-war went on with Sisodia producing the availability order and Sarma claiming that his spouse’s company didn’t increase a invoice. Sarma additionally threatened to sue Sisodia for defamation.
Stop sermonising, see you in Guwahati: Assam CM Sarma’s comeback on Manish Sisodia’s graft prices
The Assam chief minister on Sunday shared the letter from the company in question to Assam National Health Mission saying that the availability of the PPE kit ought to be handled as CSR.
“Assam NHM duly acknowledged the same. Manish bhai, this is not corruption, it’s humanity. My wife hasn’t committed a crime, she tried to help Assam at the time of its biggest crisis. Throwing muck at others will not be accepted. You will face legal consequences,” Himanta tweeted.
What is Kejriwal’s old tweet to Gautam Gambhir referred to by Assam CM on this ongoing controversy?
In 2020, throughout the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, BJP MP Gautam Gambhir wrote to Kejriwal providing funds from his MP LAD for the acquisition of PPE kits. “Gautam ji, thank u for ur offer. The problem is not of money but availability of PPE kits. We wud be grateful if u cud help us get them from somewhere immediately, Del govt will buy them. Thank u,” Kejriwal replied to Gautam Gambhir. Referring to this, Himanta Sarma, in his contemporary assault to Manish Sisodia, requested whether or not Sisodia thought this too as corruption as there was no point out of any tender.
Who is Riniki Bhuyan Sarma on the centre of Assam’s PPE row?
Riniki Bhuyan Sarma, the spouse of Himanta Sarma, is a businesswoman and a companion of JCB Industries. The Wire, which first reported the alleged PPR scam claimed JCB Industries, GRD Pharmaceuticals and Meditime Healthcare have been the beneficiaries of the “urgent work orders” issued in 2020. The report claimed GRD and Meditime are owned by Guwahati’s Ghanshyam Dhanuka who has a hyperlink with Himanta Biswa’s son. It claimed Himanta’s son Nandil Biswa Sarma is a stakeholder in a company the place Ghanshyam Dhanuka’s father is a full-time director.
Riniki Bhuyan Sarma already issued a press release saying allegations in opposition to her are baseless as she didn’t take a single penny.