Hitting back at Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, who stoked a controversy by saying that some people suffer from life-threatening diseases because of sins committed in the past, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Wednesday said, "that is what switching parties does to a person".
"Cancer is divine justice for sins' says Assam Minister Sarma. That is what switching parties does to a person," Chidambaram tweeted.
Sarma, who was with the Congress earlier, had left the Grand Old Party over ideological differences to join the BJP .
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"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 had said at a function in Guwahati organised for distribution of appointment letters to teachers.
However, replying to Chidambaram jibe, the Assam Minister later issued a clarification, by saying "Sir, please do not distort. Simply I said that Hinduism believe(s) in karmic law and human sufferings are linked to a karmic deficiency of past life. Don`t you believe that too? Of course in your party I do not know whether Hindu philosophy can be discussed at all," Sarma replied to Chidambaram.