Guwahati: Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Friday invited Maharastra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray to Assam amidst criticism over rebel Maharashtra minister Eknath Shinde and the group of other MLAs and ministers’ stay in Guwahati. Shinde has got the support of over 40 MLAs in his coup attempt.
Opposition parties have criticised Sarma for making Guwahati the epicenter of Maharastra politics and busying in toppling the Maharatra government rather than focusing on addressing flood problem in the state.
Over 107 people have died and 54 lakh people remained affected by flood in Assam.
Sarma said, “I can’t stop someone from coming to Assam and staying in a hotel. I will also invite Uddhab Thackeray to Assam. As long as visitors are coming and occupying the hotels the state is earning revenue.”
Meanwhile, Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Bhupen Borah in a letter to Shinde has requested him to leave the state along with the batch of legislators immediately.
Borah said that the government machinery remained busy with their stay hampering the flood relief works.
“The BJP CM and the Government’s support to your presence here have sullied the image of Assam and Assamese people. Sarma and the Government machinery should be busy with the management of the flood crisis but your presence here has been standing as a hindrance. Considering the damage that you have caused to Assam and its people by your presence, I would like to advise you to leave Assam at the earliest in the greater interest of the state,” the letter said.