“Sherman, a BJP agent”, says WhatsApp messages to APCC chief: CM hits back

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Assam Pradesh Congress Committee General Secretary Bobbeeta Sharma earlier served a show-cause notice to party MLA Sherman Ali for his alleged ‘martyr’ remark
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Suspended Congress MLA Sherman Ali smells conspiracy: Seeks more time to reply to show cause
MLA Sherman Ali | File Image

Guwahati: Amid a row over the ‘martyr’ remark by Baghbar MLA Sherman Ali, Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Bhupen Bora on Friday stated that he had received WhatsApp messages from almost 254 Congress leaders/members alleging MLA Sherman Ali to be an agent of Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.

Assam Pradesh Congress Committee General Secretary Bobbeeta Sharma earlier served a show-cause notice to party MLA Sherman Ali for his alleged ‘martyr’ remark.

Speaking to the media in this regard, the APCC president said, “I have received almost 254 WhatsApp messages from various party members claiming Sherman Ali to be an agent of CM Sarma. We have already served a show-cause notice to him. He has to reply to the show-cause notice within the next three days. In general, we demand a reply within seven days; however, depending upon the situation we gave him three days to draft a reply to the show-cause notice. After receiving his reply, the disciplinary committee of the party will take the final call.”

Bora also mentioned that Congress high command has also directed him to take necessary action against leaders or members of Congress who violates party protocols.

Meanwhile, replying to allegations made by the Congress party against Sherman Ali, CM Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “If he is my agent, then he should be expelled from the Congress party.”

Earlier, Bir Lachit Sena leader Shrinkhal Chaliha on Thursday expressed his intense resentment against Congress Baghbar constituency MLA Sherman Ali for allegedly insulting the martyrs.

Addressing a press conference at the Jorhat Press Club, the leader of the Central Committee of the organization, Shrinkhal Chaliha said, “Sherman Ali has to kneel down and extend his apology for making a derogatory statement against the martyrs, else things will get worse.”

“We also demand immediate arrest of Sherman Ali by the government; else the government should be prepared for the circumstances,” added Chaliha.

It is noteworthy to mention that MLA Sherman Ali during an interaction with the media recently had claimed that Dayanath Sarma and eight others were not martyrs, rather they were killers. “In the year 1983 several Muslim people (Miya origin) were brutally killed by Dayanath Sarma and eight other persons,” said Ali to the media.

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