Assam CM Mocks Congress Leaders, Touts Kaziranga Wildlife Over Political Rallies

Assam CM Sarma mocks Congress leaders Rahul and Priyanka, calls them "Amul babies", suggests visiting Kaziranga over their campaign events. Highlights competitive political landscape ahead of Lok Sabha polls in Assam.

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Assam CM Mocks Congress Leaders, Touts Kaziranga Wildlife Over Political Rallies

Assam CM Mocks Congress Leaders, Touts Kaziranga Wildlife Over Political Rallies

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has taken a swipe at Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, likening them to "Amul babies" and suggesting that visiting Kaziranga National Park to see rhinos and tigers would be more beneficial than attending their election campaign events. Sarma's comments come as political tensions rise between the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the opposition Congress party ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in Assam.

During a campaign event in Majuli, Sarma claimed that the turnout at Priyanka Gandhi's recent roadshow in Jorhat was "insignificant" and that people's time would be better spent observing wildlife at Kaziranga. "What's the benefit of seeing the Gandhi family? They look fit for the Amul campaign, so they are Amul babies. It's more beneficial to watch rhinos at Kaziranga than catching a glimpse of Amul babies," Sarma said, dismissing the draw of the Gandhi family's campaign events.

The Chief Minister also criticized Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi, who is contesting from the Jorhat constituency, stating that Gogoi has not spoken a single word for the people of Assam in Parliament and only speaks about Manipur, despite representing the Kaliabor constituency. Sarma claimed that Assam remained backward due to such statements by Gogoi and that the state needs a parliamentarian who can speak for its problems, not just shout slogans for the Gandhi family.

In contrast, Priyanka Gandhi conveyed her party's promises and sentiments during her campaign, highlighting the unique cultural and historical heritage of the Northeast and criticizing the BJP government's policies. She alleged that the BJP would change the constitution of the country if voted to power again and promised to increase daily wages for tea garden workers, provide apprenticeship allowances, and offer financial assistance to poor women if the opposition alliance wins the elections.

Why this matters:The exchange of barbs between political leaders highlights the competitive landscape and high stakes involved in securing public support as Assam braces for another round of parliamentary elections. The outcome of these elections could have significant implications for the state's representation in the Lok Sabha and the future direction of its policies.

The Lok Sabha polls in Assam will be held in three phases starting on April 19, with the BJP contesting in 11 out of 14 seats and its allies contesting the remaining 3 seats. In the midst of the campaign, both the BJP and Congress are making efforts to connect with voters and highlight their respective visions for the state. Sarma's comments about the Gandhi family and Kaziranga wildlife reflect the BJP's strategy of targeting the opposition leadership and emphasizing local issues, while Priyanka Gandhi's campaign focuses on the Congress party's promises and concerns about the BJP's policies.

Key Takeaways

  • Assam CM Himanta Sarma mocks Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi as "Amul babies".
  • Sarma claims visiting Kaziranga is more beneficial than attending Gandhi's rallies.
  • Sarma criticizes Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi for not speaking for Assam in Parliament.
  • Priyanka Gandhi highlights BJP's policies, promises to help tea workers and poor women.
  • Lok Sabha polls in Assam to be held in 3 phases, BJP and allies contesting 14 seats.