Priyanka Chopra unintentionally has been caught in another political conundrum -- this time in Assam. The opposition Congress legislators in the Assam Legislative Assembly has demanded the removal of actress Priyanka Chopra as the brand ambassador of Assam tourism. The reason for this is bizarre: it is because Priyanka has not worn the traditional dress of the state in the calendar shoot -- Mekhela Chador.
As the controversy has engulfed Assam, State Tourism Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has strongly come out in support of Pee Cee and said that a section of the Congress legislators are trying to get cheap publicity out of the issue.
Here's the ad that Priyanka Chopra has shot for Assam Tourism.
Congress legislators, including Nandita Das and Rupjyoti Kurmi, recently raised objections during the ongoing session of the Assam legislative assembly had demanded that she be removed as the brand ambassador of Assam tourism. They also showed a copy of the ATDC calendar where Priyanka was seen wearing a frock and not the traditional dress of Assam — mekhela chador. "A section of Congress legislators in Assam are trying to get cheap publicity out of the issue. When we receive felicitation in some stage do we go wearing dhoti, the traditional dress of Assam or wearing pants and shirts? If someone comes to Assam from abroad will he be felicitated after wearing dhoti?," said State Tourism Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma while answering a journalist outside the House on Tuesday. Congress leader and Assam's Leader of Opposition Debabrata Saikia said that it would have been better if the brand ambassador had worn Assam's traditional dress during the photo-shoot for the calendar of ATDC. "I think that (wearing an Assamese traditional dress) would have been appropriate for the actor to promote the culture and tradition of Assam," he said.
Priyanka, who was appointed by the Assam government as the brand ambassador of the Assam Tourism Development Corporation in 2016, has drawn severe criticism as the film star remained silent even as the worst ever floods hit the state last year.
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