Assam CM references Kejriwal tweet from 2020, questions PPE purchase without tender – The New Indian Express


Express press service

GUWAHATI: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma unearthed an April 6, 2020 tweet from his Delhi counterpart, Arvind Kejriwal, on Sunday as controversy surrounding alleged corruption in the supply of PPE kits grew more trouble.

“Gautam ji, thank you for your offer. The problem is not money but availability of PPE kits. We would appreciate it if you help us get them from somewhere immediately, Del government will buy them. Thank you.…” Kejriwal tweeted at the time.

Sharing it on the microblogging site, Sarma asked if Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia would think Kejriwal was as corrupt as he had suo moto offered to buy PPE kits from n anywhere without launching a call for tenders.

“The leaders of the AAP (Aam Aadmi Party) have chosen to contradict each other rather than fight a crisis. The people of Delhi are paying the price,” the CM of Assam wrote again.

Sisodia targeted the BJP on Saturday, claiming that Sarma gave contracts to the companies of his wife and son’s business partners to supply PPE kits above market rates during the outbreak of the pandemic in 2020.

Assam CM reiterated that the company in question has written to the National Health Mission (NHM), Assam stating that the supply of around 1,500 PPE kits for Covid warriors should be treated as a contribution to CSR and therefore, not a single rupee has to be paid by the government. He said the NHM duly acknowledged him. He shared documents in support of his claim.

“Manish bhai, this is not corruption; it is humanity. My wife has committed no crime. She tried to help Assam at its greatest crisis,” Sarma said.

Stating that throwing mud on others will not be accepted, he reiterated that Sisodia will face legal consequences. The deputy CM of Delhi did not react.


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