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AAP leader Atishi places broom on ‘Jaapi’ during GMC poll campaign, Pijush Hazarika seeks apology

Assam Cabinet Minister Pijush Hazarika today slammed the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader from Delhi, Atishi for putting a ‘Jharu’ (Broom) on a traditional Assamese ‘Jaapi’ during a campaign for

Assam Cabinet Minister Pijush Hazarika today slammed the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader from Delhi, Atishi for putting a ‘Jharu’ (Broom) on a traditional Assamese ‘Jaapi’ during a campaign for the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) elections to be held on April 22.

Yesterday, the AAP MLA attended a campaign in Guwahati to drums up support for the party’s candidates contesting the GMC polls.

She took part in a rally where the incident took place.

It is to be mentioned that Aam Aadmi Party’s symbol is the Jharu or broom.

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Lambasting the AAP MLA in particular and AAP in general, the Assam Information & Public Relations and Water Resources minister asked Atishi and her party members to kneel down and apologize before the people of Assam for insulting the ‘Jaapi’ and allegedly hurting people’s sentiment.

Addressing a press conference in Guwahati today, Hazarika said, “Jaapi, Xorai and Gamosa are the pride of Assam and symbols of our self-respect. We strongly condemned this act and warn the AAP leader and her party not to repeat this again in the future. This is for the first time that a leader committed such wrongdoing during an election rally. Before coming to Assam, she should know our culture. Atishi and other AAP members must kneel down and apologize before the people of Assam.”

Meanwhile, Assam Chief Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma also reacted to the incident and asked AAP leaders from Assam to brief leaders visiting from other states about our culture and traditions so that such incidents do not recur.

First Published: 21st April, 2022 16:03 IST

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