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Tripura Vision Document launcher, Vote Bank Player, Louis Berger, Sarada pozi scams tainted Himanta Biswa Sarma landed in Tripura again : Unemployed, Netizens hashtag ‘Go Back’ slogan in Social Media
TIWN Oct 29, 2019
Tripura Vision Document launcher, Vote Bank Player, Louis Berger, Sarada pozi scams tainted Himanta Biswa Sarma landed in Tripura again : Unemployed, Netizens hashtag ‘Go Back’ slogan in Social Media
PHOTO : Left : BJP launching Vision Document, Right : Himanta Biswa Sarma today arrived in Agartala.

AGARTALA, Oct 29 (TIWN): Social media users, specially unemployed youths have hashtagged “Go Back” slogan for Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, who had successfully fooled Tripura’s lakhs of youths with job promises and 50,000 Govt jobs in the first year. Himanta Biswa Sarma before 2018 Assembly Election in Tripura asked public if Govt fails to fulfill its Vision Document then not to vote for BJP in Lok Sabha Election whereas not even 1% of the Vision Document could be fulfilled by BJP added by massive taxes on the common men including scrapping of Free-Medical-Services. After his arrival in social media Sarma is trolled massively for his fake promises and post poll expose with his previous speeches in Tripura. However, the Modi wave before 2018 election was so powerful that Himanta Biswa Sarma’s past records didn’t get much highlights. It is Himanta Biswa Sarma who released BJP’s Vision Document with the then Finance Minister late Arun Jaitley and Tripura BJP spokesperson Ashok Sinha.

On July 23rd, 2019 former Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar told the Calcutta High Court that the CBI has not examined Assam finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma though his name has cropped up in the Sarada chit fund scam case.
In August 2019 West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in TMC's poll campaign in Assam openly attacked Himanta Biswa Sarma, the BJP's "key person" in the northeast, claiming her government has proof that "he had received Rs 3 crore" from the owner of Sarada, a firm embroiled in ponzi scam.

The Trinamool Congress chief also claimed that the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill are "two lollipops" being doled out by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to "fool" the people of Assam.

"Sarada's owner has said he had given Rs 3 crore in cash to Assam Minister Sarma and I have documentary evidence which I have brought with me," Banerjee said, waving a document at the rally.

From direct involvements in Sarada Chit Fund scam, multi million dollar Louis Berger scam, to thousands of crores scams revolve around Himanta Biswa Sarma against whom all these allegations are labeled by none other than Assam BJP’s former Chief Siddartha Bhattacharya in a released booklet in 2015. CBI grilled Himanta multiple times in Kolkata and Guwahati for direct involvement in Sarada Chit Fund scam when this scamster Minister was part of Tarun Gogoi’s cabinet in Assam.

Just before Assam Assembly election, Himanta jumped into BJP so that all corruption cases comes to halt. 

The BJP booklet alleged that Himanta Biswa Sarma, who was the minister in charge of the Guwahati Development Department (GDD) in what was then the Congress government in Assam, was a “key suspect” in the scam related to a Guwahati water supply project which involved services hired from the American multinational construction management company, Louis Berger International Inc.

The provocation for the BJP booklet was a case filed against the company on July 7, 2015 by the US Department of Justice (DoJ) under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Executives from the New Jersey-based company told a US court that they and their consortium partners had – between 1998 and 2010 – paid bribes worth $976,630 to unnamed “officials” in the Assam and Goa governments to corner water management consultancy projects.

Among similar payments made to unnamed “officials” in Indonesia and Kuwait, the amount mentioned by the company as bribes paid in India was the highest. As per US court documents, Louis Berger had paid $210,000 in Indonesia and $71,000 in Kuwait. Though it bribed “officials” in Vietnam too, the total payments involved were not mentioned.

The US DoJ reportedly said Louis Berger would pay $17.1 million as criminal penalty to resolve charges of bribes given to win government contracts in India and the other three countries.

The BJP booklet “quoted generously” from the 11-page chargesheet filed by US prosecutors against the company, claiming that “Louis Berger maintained a detailed diary and account of bribery (made) to Indian officials”. Though the chargesheet mentioned “officials”representing the state governments, noted that an agent of a company had “paid a minister” and didn’t name any individual in particular, the BJP took a public stand against Sarma as he was then the man in charge of theAssam project.

In 2018, the CBI denied Monday reports that it has questioned Assam minister Himant Biswa Sarma in connection with its probe into the multi-crore Louis Berger bribery scam case.

However, Himanta Biswa Sarma’s this visit was ahead of ADC election and Sarma always worked to beg indigenous vote banks for BJP from IPFT. 

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