Guwahati: In poll-bound Assam, Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi opted for a unique approach to reach out to the tea tribes – she plucked tea leaves with the workers.
On the last leg of her two-day visit to Assam, Gandhi gave a hand to women tea pluckers from Sadharu Tea Estate in Biswanath. She shared a quick snack with the workers as they discussed issues, including daily wage, expenses, and aspirations.
The 49-year-old can be seen in a saree, geared-up with a basket on her back and a band on her head to balance it. She also dons an apron around her waist as she takes to the job.
Sharing a few glimpses from the meeting, she wrote, “The lives of tea garden workers is full of truthfulness and simplicity. And their contribution is valuable to the country. Today I got the opportunity to spend time with them and know about their hardship. I will never forget the love and hospitality received from them.”
Gandhi’s visit to the tea tribe community holds significant importance from Congress’ campaign as they are a major vote bank. Traditionally Congress supporters, the community has swayed towards the saffron party over the year. Their votes are the deciding factor in at least 35 of the total 126 assembly seats in Assam.
Assam will undergo three-phased assembly elections beginning from March 27.