Central govt only concerned about the rich and powerful: Priyanka

Central govt only concerned about the rich and powerful: Priyanka

Bishwanath (Assam), Mar 2 (PTI) Congress general
Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Tuesday slammed the BJP-led
government at the Centre for not paying heed to farmers”
concerns over the new agricultural laws, and said its policies
are designed to benefit only the rich.

Interacting with women workers of the Sadharu Tea
Estate near here, she said farmers have been protesting in and
around the national capital for months, but Prime Minister
Narendra Modi is yet to meet them and end the impasse.

“More than three lakh farmers are sitting on a dharna
for the last two months, barely four to five kilometres away
from where the PM stays, but he has not gone to meet them.

“What is the problem if he goes to meet them once,
talk and if the farmers have a problem with the laws, then
make changes for their benefit… but the policies of this
government is for the rich and powerful and not for the common
people,” the Congress leader said.

Gandhi, who is on a two-day visit to poll-bound Assam,
sat with the women workers in the tea garden and discussed
with them a host of issues.

During the interaction, the women reportedly told her
that only a few get benefits of the schemes meant for them,
but the others have to frequently visit government offices to
enquire, which is not feasible during work hours.

They also highlighted the problems due to price rise,
housing and lack of toilet facilities in the gardens.

“It is the ”dharma” of the parties to fulfil the
promises made by them when they visit you during elections.
You have the power to vote and teach a lesson to the
government which does not keep its words. We have promised Rs
365 as minimum daily wages…” the Congress leader told the
women workers.

Gandhi, clad in a traditional ”mekhla chador” for the
second consecutive day, was seen putting on a tea-plucking
basket on her back and going round the gardens.

She also attempted a few steps of ”jhumur”, the folk
dance of the tea tribe community, and was gifted the white and
red bordered saree which the women wear while dancing.

The Congress leader then visited the home of a tea
garden worker.

Elections to 126 assembly constituencies in the state
will be held in three phases on March 27, April 1 and April 6.

Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Bollyinsidestaff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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