In a recent exchange of words, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma responded to All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) chief Badruddin Ajmal’s controversial statement regarding purchasing ministers.
Ajmal’s statement on buying ministers:
Ajmal had earlier made a statement implying that ministers could be bought, prompting a sharp and humorous retort from Sarma. The Chief Minister, took the opportunity to playfully address the AIUDF chief’s insinuation.
Sarma began by asserting that the budget of the Chief Minister of Assam stands at a substantial Rs. 1.5 lakh crores. With a touch of humor, he acknowledged, “I might be a small man, and maybe Ajmal can buy me.” However, he swiftly turned the tables by raising a crucial question, questioning whether Ajmal possessed the staggering sum of Rs. 15 lakh crores required not just to acquire him but to purchase the loyalty of 10 chief ministers.
The Chief Minister’s statement cleverly utilized the budgetary figure to underscore the impracticality of Ajmal’s suggestion. By humorously proposing that Ajmal might have the means to buy him individually but questioning the feasibility of purchasing 10 Chief Ministers, Sarma effectively highlighted the magnitude of financial resources needed to influence a significant political landscape.