Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Friday sought to downplay the tenting of Maharashtra’s insurgent Shiv Sena MLAs in his state saying all “vacationers” are welcome there.
Mr Sarma additionally mentioned he has nothing to do with the politics of Maharashtra the place the survival of the Uddhav Thackeray-led authorities is at stake after 38 of his celebration’s MLAs rebelled and are presently tenting at a lodge in Guwahati after being flown there in a number of flights.
“Some individuals have come to Assam. They booked resorts. I’m completely happy for that. You additionally come, it would assist Assam’s financial system. Via this, Assam’s tourism can also be getting promoted,” he mentioned after accompanying NDA’s presidential candidate Draupadi Murmu whereas submitting her nominations right here at Parliament complicated.
Requested concerning the ongoing political developments in Maharashtra, he mentioned he can’t touch upon it as it’s a huge state.
“How can I touch upon Maharashtra. It’s a huge state. I’m completely happy that individuals are selecting Assam as a most well-liked vacation spot,” he mentioned.
Reacting to the claims that his BJP-led authorities was allegedly ignoring flood aid work and busy internet hosting the MLAs from Maharashtra, the chief minister mentioned he can’t order closure of resorts within the Assam capital because of floods in some components of the state.
“I dont’s know what sort of mindset these individuals have. Ought to I shut down Guwahati’s resorts as a result of there may be flood in some a part of the state. We’re offering aid to the flood affected individuals. How can I shut the resorts in Guwahati. If tomorrow, you determine to come back and keep in a lodge in Guwahati for 10 days, as a CM, ought to I say that you shouldn’t come,” he mentioned.
“We’ve spent a lot cash to advertise tourism, (we are saying) go to Kamakhya, go to Kaziranga, now, ought to I cease those that have come to Assam,” he added.
When requested whether or not the Shiv Sena MLAs have been stored as a “hostage” in Assam, Mr Sarma mentioned: “What sort of hostage? They’re in a lodge. They’re completely happy. They’re our visitors. Typically we simply see whether or not everybody visiting Assam is comfy”.
Requested about West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s provide that the Maharashtra MLAs ought to come to her state, Sarma shot again, saying Banerjee needed to remove the “Lakshmi” which got here to Assam.
“There may be all the time competitors between Assam and Bengal on tourism. Mamata di needed to remove the ‘Lakshmi’ which got here to my place. In the event that they go to Bengal, Bengal will get the GST. I wish to inform Mamata di that those that wish to come to Assam, no less than spare them. Do not take away them. Yours is a giant state,” he mentioned.
Mr Sarma additionally lauded the NDA’s choice to appoint Murmu because the Presidential candidate and termed her as “an ready administrator and social employee” who has the expertise of being a minister, governor and instructor.