Edited By: Divya Thearia
7 September 2022 (New Delhi): With the launch of the 3,570 km Yatra at a mega rally, the Congress is seeking to flag economic disparities, social polarisation and political centralisation, while attempting to make gains in what is often described as a battle of ideologies. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi launched ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ today. Before launching the mega rally, he took part in a prayer meeting to paid tribute to his father at former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s memorial in Tamil Nadu’s Sriperumbudur. Rahul considers the Bharat Jodo Yatra as a way to connect with the common people.
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Tamil Nadu chief minister M K Stalin presents a national flag made of khadi to former Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who hand it over to Seva Dal workers to kick off the yatra.
The mega yatra is being seen as the curtain raiser for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections as well as key state elections lined up next year.
There is a hope in the party for a continued leadership by the Gandhis.
Congress is facing crisis after a series of electoral hindrance in recent years. The yatra is being seen as an attempt to revive itself in the Lok Sabha elections in 2024. The Yatra comes amid the Congress’s efforts to hold internal elections, which have been repeatedly postponed due to Mr Gandhi’s reluctance to participate. A section in the party is hoping for a continued leadership by the Gandhis.
Congress Rajya Sabha member KC Venugopal said that “The BJP, it’s workers and social media teams are trying their best to spread false allegations against us. But we don’t care. The Bharat Jodo Yatra will become yet another milestone in India’s political history”.