Himanta Biswa Sarma apologises for cancer remark, says he was quoted out of context

1. And everyone in Assam and outside know my passion to work on containing cancer through best possible cancer treatment facilities including free chemotherapy, financial scheme to help up to 2 Re lacs to cancer patient, one state-of-art cancer hospital in Guwahati with PET CT, banning chewing tobacco and now starting a grid of hospital in across Assam are some of my humble contribution as health minister of Assam,” he was quoted as saying in a press release.

2. A day after his remarks on people suffering from cancer sparked a political slugfest, Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma Thursday claimed he was quoted out of context in a bid to sensationalise his speech at an event in Guwahati, and offered an “unconditional apology” for any pain caused.

3. (File photo) Assam minister’s cancer remark: Himanta Biswa Sarma also lashed out at those trying to gain “political mileage and cheap publicity”, and tendered his “unconditional apology” for the pain caused.

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