Biswanath (Assam), March 2 : Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who is on a two-day visit to poll-bound Assam, was on Tuesday seen plucking tea leaves with estate workers at Sadhuru tea garden in Biswanath district.
Dressed in a traditional’ mekhala sador ‘, Congress leader Ms . Priyanka Gandhi was equipped for the task with a basket on her back balanced by a band on her head. She had a scarf on her head on which the band was strapped on. She also had an armoured with an apron at her waist as she took on the job of plucking tea leaves today.
“The life of tea garden workers is full of truth and simplicity and their labour is valuable for the country. After sitting with them today, I understood their work, felt well being of their families and the difficulties of their life,” Gandhi tweeted along with pictures of herself interacting with the tea workers.
— ANI (@ANI) March 2, 2021
A video, shared by news agency ANI, shows the Congress leader taking instructions from workers of the Sadhuru tea garden on how to pluck tea leaves. She smiles as a few others click photographs, the minute long video shows.
She received a rousing welcome to the tea garden earlier in the day, photos of which were shared by the Congress.
Ms Gandhi is on a two-day visit to launch the Congress’s campaign for the three-phased assembly elections in the state that begins on March 27. She has been seen taking an active part in local customs and traditions during her stay.
On Monday, the Congress general secretary was seen performing a traditional ‘Jhumur’ dance with several young women in the state’s Lakhimpur.
With close to 10 lakh tea workers and over 60 lakh population of the tea tribe community, they are a major vote bank in Assam. Over the years, Assam tea votes have seen a shift from Congress to the BJP.
They are a determining factor in as many as 35 assembly seats, out of a total 126.