Congress blunders with ‘Assam Bachao’ campaign, uses tea garden images from Taiwan


GUWAHATI: The Assam Bachao campaign of the Congress in Assam has introduced a blunder by using images of tea gardens from Taiwan. The campaign which has been launched by the Congress party for the upcoming Assam assembly elections exhibited its ignorance as it couldn’t recognise Assam and Assamese people.

The tea gardens have remained a traditional stronghold for the Congress throughout its political history in Assam.

In the run-up to the elections, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was seen plucking tea leaves with estate workers at Sadhuru tea garden in Biswanath district during her recent two-day visit to Assam.

However, the official campaign of the grand old party used two images of tea gardens from Taiwan to make Assam a symbol of progress.

Assam finance minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma and NEDA convenor Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma who is spearheading BJP’s campaign in the poll-bound state came down heavily on the Congress for its act of irresponsibility and ignorance.

Dr. Sarma took to Twitter saying, “Official Congress campaign page is using photo of tea garden from Taiwan to say “Assam Bachao”.

Congress leaders can’t even recognise Assam?

This is an insult of Assam and Tea Garden workers of our state. #CongressInsultsAssam.”

In another tweet, he wrote, “First Congress couldn’t identify Assam, now Congress can’t even recognise Assamese people.

This is again a pic from Taiwan.

Congress leaders have forgotten Assam. Let’s show


 how beautiful our land is. #CongressInsultsAssam.”

Following that, the Congress party has faced backlash from different quarters of the state.

“It shows that Congress does not have good will for the tea gardens. We would have also appreciated if they use pictures from Assam tea gardens,” said BJP MLA Numal Momin.

Reacting to the blnder, a youth from a tea garden of the state said, “Congress is running after votes in tea gardens. But they cannot even recognize Assam tea gardens and its people. It reflects their ignorance and irresponsibility.”