GUWAHATI: Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Monday wowed the voters with her "jhumur" dance moves.
She joined hands with a group of young girls from the tea workers' community and performed the traditional dance to the beats of "dhol" in Northern Assam's Lakhimpur.
Later, speaking at a programme, she targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his recent statement that Assam tea was under attack.
"PM Modi had spoken about an attack on the Assam tea. If you wanted to protect Assam tea, why did you not generate employment? Why was there a meagre hike in the daily wage of tea workers?" she asked.
The wage has been hiked by Rs 50 – from Rs 167 to Rs 217. Ahead of the last election, the BJP had promised a daily wage of Rs 351 to the community. Recently, the Congress promised that it would give daily wage of Rs 365 if voted to power.
Assam has 126 Assembly segments and in around one/third of them, the votes of tea workers determine the fate of candidates.
Continuing her attack on the BJP, Priyanka said this government weakened people by not checking price rise. She took potshots at the PM and Union Home Minister Amit Shah stating that they visited Assam so many times in the recent past as the election is round the corner but when people were suffering in the floods during the COVID-induced lockdown last year, the duo did not come to their rescue.
"Assam is your mother. The upcoming polls are a matter of the existence of your mother. When you cast your vote, think twice if the party or its candidates can ensure a brighter future of your children," Priyanka said addressing the crowd.
She also said that the BJP-RSS ideologies have no place in Assam's culture.
Later, she tweeted: "Assam's diverse culture is Assam’s strength. Met and interacted with the people and realised that they are determined to save the state's diverse culture. In Assam’s fight to save its culture, the Congress will be with the people. Joi Aai Axom."(THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS)