Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra reached Assam early on Monday morning to launch campaign for the three-phased state elections starting March 27.
Guwahati was the first stop for the 49-year-old party leader, who first offered prayers at the Kamakhya temple on behalf of the party before travelling to Lakhimpur, about 370 km away, to launch the assembly election campaign for the Congress-led alliance.
Later, Gandhi was seen participating in the traditional Jhumur dance, holding hands with the young girls of the tea tribes of Lakhimpur, a video shared by the party on Twitter shows.
Surrounded by a huge crowd, including media and security personnel, Gandhi danced to the dhol beats and singing of the young girls.
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Dressed in a purple saree and a traditional ‘gamosa’ of Assam, Gandhi was all smiles as she danced in the minute-long video. She was surrounded by a bunch of young girls, all dressed in red and white sarees.
Earlier on Monday, Gandhi was in Guwahati, where she offered prayers at the iconic Kamakhya temple, pictures of which were shared on Twitter.
Gandhi said she wanted to visit the temple for long and “her wish has come true”.
“I sought blessings for myself, my family and above all for the people of Assam,” she told reporters.
Gandhi’s visit comes after the return of Hagrama Mohilary, the chief of the Bodoland People’s Front (BPF), to the Congress-fold over the weekend. The BPF – founded in 2005 – had switched allegiance to the BJP only for the 2016 Assembly election. Challenging the BJP, Hagrama Mohilary – once known as a kingmaker in Assam – on Sunday said: “How can they (BJP) win when I am not on their side? We will have to see the exit of the BJP in Assam.”
Over the last three assembly elections, the alliance that the BPF sided with has gone to win the election.
Elections to the 126-member Assam assembly will be held in three phases, with 39 seats going to polls in the second phase on April 1 and 40 in the third and final phase on April 6.