Guwahati, Sept 23: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma’s wife, Riniki Bhuyan Sharma, has filed a defamation suit against Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi for alleging that her firm received a subsidy of Rs 10 crore from the central government.
Bhuyan, who is the CMD of Pride East Entertainments Pvt Ltd, had earlier said that she would take Gogoi to court for his alleged “slanderous campaign”.
Bhuyan said that her company is eligible to participate in government-supported programs and incentive schemes, like any other qualifying enterprise.
She said that Pride East Entertainment Pvt Ltd has neither claimed nor received a single penny of government subsidy in the present case, pertaining to the PM Kisan Sampada Scheme, despite meeting all the eligibility criteria.
She described the allegations as an attack to malign and defame an Assamese enterprise headed by a woman entrepreneur.
The case will be heard on September 26, 2023, in the Court of Civil Judge (Senior Division), Kamrup Metro in Guwahati.
Few days back, a war of words erupted between CM Sarma and Gaurav Gogoi regarding the CM wife’s venture allegedly taking Rs 10 crore government subsidy.
Gaurav Gogoi had also shared a screenshot of the Ministry of Food Processing website showing the central government approved a Rs 10 crore grant to Riniki Bhuyan’s company. On the other hand, CM Sarma has denied the charges and said his wife had not taken any subsidy of government.