Assam CM Questions Rahul’s Silence on Pawar-Adani

On Sunday, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma took a dig at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.

On Sunday, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma took a dig at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, questioning the reason behind Gandhi’s silence regarding the meetings between Nationalist Congress (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar and businessman Gautam Adani. Sarma characterized this as a “politics of convenience” and remarked, “His (Rahul’s) friend Sharad Pawar was seen at Adani’s house. Now, will he speak out against Sharad Pawar? This highlights Rahul Gandhi’s double standards. If I had been seen with Adani, he would have criticized me vehemently. However, when Sharad Pawar is seen with Adani, why is there no comment from him?”

Sarma continued to criticize by raising questions about how the Congress party would react if a central minister from the NDA government were to inaugurate an event related to Adani. He asked, “Why is the Congress party silent when Sharad Pawar is repeatedly seen with Adani?”

This criticism comes because Sharad Pawar’s NCP is a part of the Opposition’s INDIA alliance, which has been targeting the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over allegations of financial irregularities involving the Adani Group. On Saturday, Pawar reportedly visited Adani’s office and residence in Ahmedabad. Earlier in the year, Adani was seen at Pawar’s residence, Silver Oak, in south Mumbai in April.

Sarma also criticized Gandhi for focusing on businessmen during a conclave, labeling him as “desperate.” He remarked, “Instead of addressing issues like poverty and his vision of India, he chose to speak about businessmen at a conclave. This underscores his desperation,” CM Sarma said.

In a conclave organized by the Pratidin Media Network of Assam, Rahul Gandhi had commented, “Please go and ask any businessman in India what happens to them if they support an Opposition party.” He further emphasized that the Opposition was facing financial and media challenges, stating, “We are not merely battling a political party; we are combating the Indian state itself, striving to defend the idea of India. That’s why we’ve chosen the name INDIA.”

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