‘Sweeping floor is daily work’: Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma takes a dig at Priyanka Gandhi


New Delhi: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday took a dig at Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra for sweeping the floor after being detained in Uttar Pradesh, asking how it could be news because cleaning a room Part of anyone’s daily household chores. .

Participating in the India Today Conclave 2021 here, Sarma said that India has changed and people will not pay attention to such “stage-managed” acts of politicians. “I don’t know how a woman can sweep the floor. This is a common household practice in every family in India. I have seen my mother sweep the floor. Have you not seen your mother sweeping the floor? ?” He asked.

The chief minister said Priyanka Gandhi’s actions during her detention in Uttar Pradesh were “stage-managed”, otherwise how was a photographer present there to shoot the video.

Priyanka Gandhi was detained in Uttar Pradesh’s Sitapur in the early hours of Monday when she was on her way to Lakhimpur Kheri to meet the families of farmers killed when they were hit by a convoy of vehicles on Sunday.

Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Kumar Mishra’s son Ashish Mishra was reportedly in that convoy and the police have registered a murder case against him for the incident. Priyanka Gandhi is seen sweeping the floor in a video during her detention at a police guesthouse in Sitapur.

On Friday, the Congress leader made a surprise inspection of a Dalit settlement in Lucknow and cleaned it with a broom.

Responding to a question on the Assam government’s move to evict encroachers from government land, the chief minister said the eviction process, whether against indigenous people or against migrant Muslims, would continue as per the state government’s land policy. “We cannot allow 1,000 families to grab 77,000 acres of land. Eviction is a continuous process,” he said.

The death of two people and desecration of a dead body during the recent eviction drive in Assam’s Darrang district was condemned by individuals, political parties and social groups.

Sarma said that many people in pre-independence Assam believe that migrant Muslims are the root cause of many problems like encroachment on land and loss of culture and identity by indigenous people.

He said that the migrant Muslims should try to dispel such beliefs of the indigenous people.

Asked about his controversial remarks that he does not want the votes of migrant Muslims, the Chief Minister said that he is aware that the community does not vote for the BJP and therefore does not want to spend time wooing them.

He said, “I have made a deal. They will not vote for us. Hence, I will not campaign in their areas. But I will do all development work in their areas.” Sarma also gave an example and said that out of seven lakh free houses to be built in Assam, 4.5 lakh will be of migrant Muslims.

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