Raipur: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi inaugurated a 3-day National Tribal Dance Festival in Raipur on Friday. The Congress leader was also seen dancing with the tribals community members at the fest.
Rahul Gandhi was seen wearing a traditional red headgear, dancing with the members of the tribal community while beating a drum. Over 1200 artists from 25 states and union territories will participate in the national event. The artists from six countries including Sri Lanka, Uganda, Belarus, Maldives, Thailand and Bangladesh will perform at the event.
Earlier in the day, Gandhi tweeted: “This’s unique festival, it is an important step towards showcasing & protecting our rich tribal cultural heritage.”
Chhatisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and the entire top leadership of the Congress in the state were present.
This, many perceive, to be Congress’s larger plan to reach out to the tribals who constitute a major chunk in both Chhatisgarh and Jharkhand.
Last December, the Congress won Chhatisgarh with a humongous majority. The party along with the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha defeated the BJP in another tribal dominated state – Jharkhand just last week.
The Congress-JMM-RJD election plank in the state has been ‘Jal, Jangal and Zameen’, similar to the demand by the tribals community.
The National Tribal Dance Festival is being organised in Chhattisgarh for the first time.
Later addressing the gathering Rahul said that making brothers fight against each other cannot benefit the country.”Without taking everyone together, every religion, every caste, tribal, Dalit, or backward, the country’s economy cannot run. Until all the people of this country are united, until everyone’s voice is heard in the Assembly and in the Lok Sabha, nothing can be done about unemployment or about the economy,” he said.