On April 2, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma criticized Arvind Kejriwal. Sarma made the statement while addressing a conference, saying that Lachit Barphukan did not provide any hospitality to Mughal emperor Aurangzeb when he came to Assam. Hence, Kejriwal should not expect the same treatment from him. Sarma responded to Kejriwal’s claim that his government had provided jobs to 12 lakh people in Delhi, despite having only 1.5 lakh employees in the health and education departments and 50,000 in other departments.
The purported claims of Kejriwal, the Chief Minister of Delhi, were met with skepticism by none other than Himanta Biswa Sarma. He contended that, after consulting with Delhi government officials, it was determined that a mere 1.5 lakh posts actually existed within the government – a stark contrast to the grandiose figures put forth by Kejriwal. In an act of defiance, Sarma challenged Kejriwal to provide an explanation as to the whereabouts of the remaining 10.5 lakh employees and posts.
Drawing a comparison with Assam’s Orunodoi scheme, which provides a substantial Rs. 1,400 benefit to citizens, Sarma pointed out that Kejriwal’s so-called “free” electricity benefits for Delhi residents were a paltry Rs. 300 in comparison.
As if to add fuel to the fire, Sarma then lobbed an accusation at the Congress party, alleging their involvement in the recent question paper leak during Punjab’s class 12 exams.