Bollywood actor and India’s Hollywood sensation Priyanka Chopra’s photo on Assam tourism calendar has sparked a fresh controversy with several state Congress leaders calling the actress’ outfit ‘immodest’.
According to reports, Congress MLAs Nandita Das and Rupjyoti Kurmi on Monday allegedly demanded the removal of the ‘Quantico’ star as the brand ambassador of Assam Tourism as they thought Priyanka's 'minimal clothes' in the pictures on the calendar brought shame to Assam.
“The government should preserve the respect of the Assamese society. Frock is not an Assamese attire and the calendar pictures were not sober at all. The government should have known how to preserve the prestige of the Assamese society, instead they could have used the traditional mekhela sador. This is the reason we have protested against the calendar,” Kurmi reportedly told TIME8.
Jayanta Malla Baruah, Chairman of Assam Tourism Development Corporation (ATDC), however, has reportedly slammed the Congress’ demand for removing Priyanka Chopra as the brand ambassador.
The ATDC Chairman allegedly shot back questioning whether they should use pictures of Priyanka Gandhi instead of Priyanka Chopra for the calendar.
He reportedly said that none of Priyanka’s snapshots in the calendar were revealing.
"The calendar was made to promote Assam internationally. It has also been sent to prominent international tour operators and dignitaries. Priyanka Chopra is an international figure and her presentation in the calendar has not diminished Assam’s culture in any way,” Baruah told G-Plus, a Guwahati-based newspaper.
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On the work front, Priyanka Chopra’s ‘Quantico 3’ will premiere in India on April 29. Besides ‘Quantico 3’, Priyanka Chopra has Hollywood projects such as ‘A Kid Like Jake’ and ‘Isn't It Romantic’ in her kitty.
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