Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Congress allegedly used Taiwan picture of tea gardens in its Assam campaign

The Assam Bachao campaign- ‘Axom Basaon Ahok’ of the Congress in Assam has introduced a blunder by using images of tea gardens from Taiwan as alleged by senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.

Sarma has attacked Congress party for posting photos of tea gardens from Taiwan claiming it to be of the state. He shared the screenshots on Twitter and wrote that the official Congress campaign page is using photos of tea gardens from Taiwan to say “Assam Bachao”.

The BJP Politicians have also stated that Congress replacing images of Assam with Taiwan is an insult to the Assamese people and their hard work. This is a direct hit at the hardworking tea gardeners of Assam.

“Congress leaders can’t even recognise Assam?” the BJP leader asked, adding that “this is an insult of Assam and Tea Garden workers of our state. #CongressInsultsAssam”

The tea gardens have remained a traditional stronghold for the Congress throughout its political history in Assam however, the blunder could cost Congress. The issue of tea garden workers is one of the major issues in the upcoming assembly elections. With close to 10 lakh tea workers and over 60 lakh population of the tea tribe community, they are a major vote bank in Assam and over the years it has shifted to BJP from Congress.

And this despite Rahul Gandhi and his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra making overtures towards tea gardens and its workers in recent times.

“Assam’s tea garden workers get Rs 167 as daily wage while traders from Gujarat get tea gardens. We will raise the daily wage of tea garden workers to Rs 365 per day. From where the money will come? It will come from the traders from Gujarat,” Rahul told an election rally in Sivasagar.

Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who was on a two-day visit to poll-bound Assam this week, was also seen plucking tea leaves with estate workers at Sadhuru tea garden in Biswanath district. “The life of tea garden workers is full of truth and simplicity and their labour is valuable for the country. After sitting with them today, I understood their work, felt well being of their families and the difficulties of their life,” Gandhi tweeted along with pictures of herself interacting with the tea workers.

The state will go into polls in three phases- While the first phase will cover 48 seats on March 27, 39 seats will go to polls in the second phase on April 1. The remaining 40 seats will go to polls in the third and final phase on April 6. Results will be declared on May 2.


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