Bharat Jodo Yatra: Kanyakumari to Kashmir – Flying Journals

Rahul Gandhi says yatra is like a ‘tapasya’ to him

With an eye toward the 2024 general election, MP Rahul Gandhi will launch the party’s “Bharat Jodo Yatra” from Kanyakumari today. The 3,500-kilometer yatra will be completed in nearly 150 days.

Here are the top 10 latest updates from Bharat Jodo Yatra

  1. Rahul Gandhi’s day begins with a visit to the monument to his father Rajiv Gandhi in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu, the former prime minister who was killed in a suicide attack on May 21, 1991.

  2. After visiting his father’s memorial, Rahul Gandhi tweeted: “My father lost to hate and divisive politics. Nor will I lose my beloved country to it. Love will prevail. Hate. Hope overcomes fear. Together we will overcome.”

  3. Claiming social polarization and political centralization under the BJP, Mr Gandhi had earlier said that “Bharat Jodo Yatra” was like a “tapasya” to him to unite the country.

  4. Congress has planned the march as a massive mass engagement exercise ahead of the 2024 election. Congress leaders, however, denied any political angle and insisted the yatra was “designed to unite the nation”.

  5. Mr Gandhi will attend the evening event at Mahatma Gandhi Mandapam in Kanyakumari where Chief Minister MK Stalin will hand over the flag to him for the yatra launch.

  6. The 3,500-kilometer-long yatra, dubbed by Congress as the “longest march” organized in the country in the last century, will hold a rally around 5 p.m. and a “padyatra,” or foot march, will begin on Thursday morning.

  7. Led by Rahul Gandhi, Congress staff and leaders will walk in two batches each day between 7am and 6.30pm, covering 12 states and two over the next 150 days union territory.

  8. Mr Gandhi will go all the way – from Kanyakumari to Kashmir, where Yatra will end. He will live in a shipping container – with a bed, toilet and air conditioner. Containers have also been set up for other “Bharat Yatris” who will go the full route with Mr Gandhi, the source said.

  9. Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, who was also in Kanyakumari for the launch of “Bharat Jodo Yatra”, said Congress leaders and workers supported Rahul Gandhi as party chairman again. “It will strengthen the party,” he said.

  10. Congress said the yatra is the party’s largest ever “Jan Samparka programme”, during which they will try to connect with ordinary people on a variety of issues including inflation, rising prices and unemployment. Party MP Jaram Ramesh said Yatra was a “transitional moment in Indian politics and a decisive moment for the party’s revival”.

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