Guwahati, March 2: Hitting the campaign trail in North Assam, Congress General Secretary, Priyanka Gandhi today mingled with tea workers at Bishwanath tea estate near Tezpur and lambasted the BJP government in Assam as well as in Centre for letting lakhs of tea workers languish without proper daily wage and other basic facilities.
She also plucked tea leaves with woman tea workers in a garden in Bishwanath and lapped up a tea worker’s infant whiling visiting the home of a tea garden worker and took lunch in that household.
Addressing a hugely attended public rally in Tezpur in Sonitpur District of Assam the Congress leader lambasted the BJP government both in Assam and in Centre for letting the tea workers in the state to languish without proper daily wage, education facility for tea workers’ children.
He said the BJP government in Assam took five years to revise the tea workers’ wage by only Rs 50 per day to Rs 267 in Brahmaputra Valley and Rs 195 in Baraka Valley of the state and promised that the same would be revised to Rs 365 per day if Congress comes to power.
She accused BJP government of hoodwinking tea workers with direct to bank (DBT) and free cooking gas cylinder scheme stating that tea workers received only one LPG cylinder and money was paid on their bank account only once.
The Congress General Secretary fired a broadside at the BJP government over enactment of Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and called upon the people to bring Congress back to power in Assam to ‘save Assam’.
The Congress leader also promised Rs 2000 per month to house wives in Assam, five lakh jobs to unemployed in the state.
The Congress rally was attended by a battery of Congress leaders including Pradyut Bardoloi, Sushmita Dev, Ripun Bora, Debabrata Saikia.