A political firestorm has ignited in BJP-ruled Assam following serious allegations by the Congress party against the state’s Chief Minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma, and his wife, Riniki Bhuyan Sarma. Congress Deputy Leader in Lok Sabha, Gaurav Gogoi, has claimed on social media that Riniki Bhuyan Sarma’s media company, Pride East Entertainments Private Limited, received a ₹10 crore subsidy from the Centre. This accusation has triggered a heated debate and demands for transparency in the state.
Pride East Entertainments Pvt Ltd
Pride East Entertainments Pvt Ltd is a regional media house with a substantial reach across the northeastern region of India. Riniki Bhuyan Sharma serves as the Chief Managing Director (CMD) of the company, which operates under the framework of the Companies Act 1956. The media house boasts an extensive viewership of approximately 100 million individuals from India and abroad. Additionally, Riniki Bhuyan Sarma manages “The Golden Threads of Assam,” an initiative dedicated to preserving Assam’s royal silk, Muga, and supporting local weavers.
Allegations and Backlash
The controversy centers on allegations that Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma used his influence to secure a Rs. 10 crore credit-linked subsidy for his wife’s company, Pride East Entertainments Private Limited. Gaurav Gogoi, in a social media post, questioned whether central government schemes were being exploited to benefit the BJP. The subsidy in question is linked to the PM Kisan Sampada Yojana, a program aimed at modernizing infrastructure and supply chain management in the agricultural sector.
The allegations have led to a political uproar, with opposition leaders demanding a thorough investigation into the matter. While Himanta Biswa Sarma has vehemently denied the accusations, questions persist about the reclassification of agricultural land as industrial property, purportedly benefiting the Chief Minister’s family.
Calls for Inquiry
Assam Jatiya Parishad President Lurinjyoti Gogoi has called for an impartial judicial inquiry by the Gauhati High Court to scrutinize the matter, further intensifying the scrutiny surrounding the case.
CM Himanta Biswa Sarma Response
Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has denied all allegations, asserting that his wife’s company has not received any subsidies from the Government of India.
As the controversy unfolds, it underscores the importance of transparency and accountability in political circles and highlights the need for a comprehensive investigation to ascertain the facts surrounding these allegations.