Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Monday began her two-day visit to poll-bound Assam by offering prayers at Kamakhya Temple in Guwahati. Soon after landing at Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi international airport in Guwahati, The AICC general secretary, accompanied by the party’s Assam in-charge Jitendra Singh, was received by state unit chief Ripun Bora and other party leaders.
Her visit comes after the return of Hagrama Mohilary, the chief of the Bodoland People’s Front to the Congress-fold over the weekend. Founded in 2005, The BPF had switched alliance to the BJP only for the 2016 Assembly election. Over the last three assembly elections, the alliance that the BPF sided with has gone to win the election. The congress’ grand alliance is expected to boost the morale of party workers in the state.
The visit comes after Rahul Gandhi visited the state on February 14 and addressed an election rally at Sivasagar in upper Assam.
Last week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah were in Assam to give a boost to the BJP’s campaign in the state. Inaugurating multi-crore oil and gas sector projects, last week, PM Modi had said Assam has everything that is enough for every Assamese. There is a need to ensure that the double-engine of development is strengthened and the speed of development will be increased in the state. This was PM Modi’s third visit to the state in the last two months.
Assam will witness a three-phased election from March 27, followed by April 1 and April 6. Congress has already stitched up a pre-poll alliance with BPF, All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), three Left parties and a newly formed regional outfit.
After the event, however, the opposition Congress and its allies – Badaruddin Ajmal-led AIUDF, Anchalik Gana Morcha (AGM) and three Left parties – questioned the BJP government’s silence on key issues such as the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), unemployment, the scheduled tribe status to six communities, minimum wages for tea labourers and rising prices of essentials.