PM sad about 22-year-old girl’s tweet but not by Assam floods: Priyanka

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Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra leading a election rally in Assam on Sunday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is sad about a tweet by a 22-year- old girl but not for the flood-ravaged people of Assam, said Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Sunday while launching a frontal attack on him.

A day after PM Modi raised the toolkit issue and alleged Congress conspiracy in it at a poll rally in Chabua in Assam, the daughter of late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, lamented that PM Modi was silent on peoples’ suffering during perennial floods. Last year’s flooding of the Brahmaputra during the pandemic affected some 2.8 million people.

“I was listening to the Prime Minister’s speech yesterday. He very seriously said that he was very sad about development. I thought he would speak about Assam’s development or how BJP worked in Assam.

“But I was shocked to hear that the PM was talking about a tweet by a 22-year-old woman (Disha Ravi). He said Congress conspired to finish the tea industry of Assam. And he was also sad about Congress mistakenly putting two wrong pictures on social media,” Ms Gandhi said.

‘Double-engined’ government

She questioned PM Modi why he was not sad for the people affected by the flood and the anti-CAA movement, in which five youths were killed.

“Why didn’t you come to Assam when people were drowning? Why were you not sad when all the big promises by BJP were not fulfilled? Did you go to tea gardens and talk to workers about their problems?” the Congress leader asked of PM Modi.

Talking about the Prime Minister’s famous statement of “double-engined” government in Assam, Ms Vadra made fun of it saying the state currently has “two chief ministers”, in an apparent reference to rumours of powerful minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal acting as rival power centres.

“The PM said you have a double-engine government but Assam has two CMs. I don’t know which fuel runs which engine. The Assam government is not run in Assam… God save you!” she added.

The Congress leader also alleged that the BJP government had cheated all segments of the society, including Youths, farmers and tea garden workers, as it did not fulfil any of its promises made five years ago.

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