Assam polls: Assam’s congressional government will be led by state citizens; Delhi won’t control it, says Rajeev Shukla

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The BJP-led government in Assam has played with the emotions and fortunes of tea garden workers over the past five years, he told a press conference in Guwahati.

Top Congress leader Rajeev Shukla said on Sunday that the government that will be formed by the party in Assam after the assembly elections will be led by and for the people of the state and will not be remotely controlled from Delhi.

The BJP-led government in Assam has played with the emotions and fortunes of tea garden workers over the past five years, he told a press conference in Guwahati.

“The congressional government will be led by the people of Assam, for the people of Assam and not on the instructions of the people of Delhi,” Shukla said.

Describing the BJP as the “Chunaavi Jumla Party” (party of false electoral promises), he alleged that failure to keep promises has become a hallmark of the Saffron Party.

“Assam represents over 50% of India’s tea production. This sense of pride empowers each of us. Tea workers dedicate their lives to ensuring that the best quality Assam tea reaches the nooks and crannies of the world, ”he said.

“Congress is committed to uplifting tea workers globally,” said the former Union minister.

Mr Shukla alleged that the BJP-led state government had reneged on its promise to increase the daily wages of tea workers who have been pushing for a raise for the past five years.

Before the 2016 parliamentary elections, the BJP promised to increase his daily salary to 351 yen, he said.

“They (the government) increased the salary from 50 yen to 217 yen without keeping the promise or legal safeguard. The Gauhati High Court suspended this decision, ”Mr. Shukla said.

The COVID-19 pandemic has dealt a blow to tea garden workers, AICC spokesman Gourav Vallabh said, adding that Congress shared their pain and promised to increase their daily wages to 365.

State Congressional Media Department chairman Bobbeeta Sarma said the party will explore constitutional and legal means to grant ST status to Moran, Mattock, Sonowal, Tai Ahom, Sootea, Koch-Rajbongshi and to the Assam tea tribe communities by keeping the status and rights of the existing ST communities intact.


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