Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has by no means gone on election campaigns on official bills and each such price was borne by the BJP, his workplace stated on Saturday.
The Chief Minister’s Workplace issued the assertion on expenditures in response to allegations of the usage of public funds for chartering flights for BJP’s actions and attending weddings, as reported by two media shops.
“No expenditure of HCM Dr @himantabiswa election campaigns is borne by the state exchequer. All bills, together with flights, are paid for by the political occasion by way of financial institution switch/cheque,” the CMO stated in a submit on X.
It, nevertheless, stated at any time when Mr Sarma visits any district within the state or neighbouring states for official engagements, there may very well be social features similar to condolence conferences or weddings that coincide with the go to.
“In comparison with all of the official visits undertaken by HCM since Might 2021, such coincidences are far and few. It’s appalling to see the authors of this story make sweeping conjectures primarily based on incidental social programmes which HCM has attended,” the CMO stated.
Referring to the information article, which hyperlinked a number of previous tweets of the Chief Minister, his workplace stated utilizing a single tweet from a given day to imagine it was the only agenda of that very day reeks of a “malicious try to unfold disinformation and dishonest intention of the authors”.
Earlier through the day, two digital media organisations – Delhi-based The Wire and Guwahati-based The Crosscurrent – in a joint investigative report claimed that Mr Sarma used state funds amounting to crores to rent helicopters and chartered planes to marketing campaign for the BJP, each inside and out of doors Assam.
Slamming the report, the CMO stated, “This story by ‘The Wire’ is mischievous, deceptive, and a lazy hit job primarily based on a selective studying of a handful of tweets”.
Citing RTI replies, the media portals acknowledged that Mr Sarma had additionally employed chartered planes with taxpayers’ cash to attend weddings, aside from occasion conferences.
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