Himanta Biswa Sarma is Divine Injustice, Says Kapil Sibal; Twitteratti Slams Assam Minister For Cancer Remark

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Himanta Biswa Sarma Issues ‘Unconditional Apology’ After Outrage Over His ‘Cancer is Divine Justice’ Remark, Says Was Quoted Out of Context

"In their bid to trivialize and sensationalise, no one is looking at (the) content of my whole speech and intent," Himanta said.

New Delhi, November 23: Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has come under fire for his controversial remarks that some people suffer from life-threatening diseases such as cancer because of sins committed in the past which he called “divine justice”. Leaders across the political line did not miss the opportunity to hit out at the state Health Minister.

Calling Biswa a “divine injustice”, Congress MP Kapil Sibal tweeted, “Himanta Biswa Sarma says that cancer is divine justice for sins committed. That such a person is minister is divine injustice.”

Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala accused the minister of abusing cancer patients and their families. “Now, BJP Minister and Convenor abuses India’s cancer patients and their families. Mr PM, as you tacitly support such lampooning of the brave hearts who fight cancer every second of their life, when will you act and sack such elements?”

Mocking Biswa for switiching parties, former Finance Minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram said, “‘Cancer is divine justice for sins’ says Assam Minister Sarma. That is what switching parties does to a person.” Sarma left the Congress and joined the Bharatiya Janata Party ahead of state Assembly elections in April 2016.

Assam MP Gaurav Gogoi asked Biswa to focus on “good karma” and bring in more cancer facilities in the state. “Sir Himanta Biswa, please tell that to the poor cancer victims in Assam who cannot afford the treatment. Ofcourse, in your new party, lip service to religion is a common phenomenon. Sir Himanta Biswa , as per Hindu philosophy we are all sinners stuck in an endless cycle of life and death. You and I are no different from cancer victims. Please focus on good karma and bring more cancer treatment facilities in Assam,” Gogoi tweeted.

Hitting out at Biswa, AIUDF leader Aminul Islam said the state Health Minister made this remark to cover up his failure to control the spread of cancer in the state. “He has given up, he can’t control,” he said.

Not just politicians, Biswa was slammed by Twitterati for his remarks and said, “Karma will decide everything. We don’t even need doctors now, by Biswa’s logic.”

Sarma has stoked a controversy by saying that some people suffer from life-threatening diseases such as cancer because of sins committed in the past which he called “divine justice”. “God makes us suffer when we sin. Sometimes we come across young men getting inflicted with cancer or young men meeting with accidents. If you observe the background you will come to know that it’s divine justice. Nothing else. We have to suffer that divine justice,” Sarma said at a function organised for distribution of appointment letters to teachers.

“In this lifetime or in our previous life, or perhaps my father or mother… perhaps that young man did not do but his father has done something wrong. It is mentioned even in Gita, Bible about the outcome of one’s actions. No point in being sad… all will get the outcome of this life’s actions in this life only. That divine justice always will be there. Nobody can escape the divine justice that will happen,” he said.