Priyanka Gandhi to join brother Rahul’s Bharat Jodo Yatra in UP

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Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will walk the entire 120 km that her brother Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra (Unite India March) will travel in Uttar Pradesh from Tuesday.

This will be her first major public interaction in Uttar Pradesh after the 2022 Assembly polls.

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, the party general secretary in-charge of the state, will walk with brother Rahul Gandhi from Ghaziabad on Tuesday.

Congress leader and former MLC Deepak Singh said, “Priyanka will walk the entire 120 kilometres that the Bharat Jodo Yatra covers in the state. The party workers are very excited as the yatra has generated immense enthusiasm among the masses.”

The yatra would cover 11 assembly constituencies across three districts before it enters Haryana, yet another BJP-ruled state.

After entering Uttar Pradesh from the Loni border into Ghaziabad on Tuesday, Rahul and Priyanka would travel through Baghpat, touching Kairana along with several other places in Shamli.

Priyanka has remained absent from state politics since the BJP, under Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, defied history by returning to power for a successive term in the 2022 Uttar Pradesh assembly elections.

During the polls, Priyanka had led a women-centric campaign with the “ladki hoon, lad sakti hoon” motto.

Priyanka, along with her mother Sonia Gandhi, had participated in the Bharat Jodo Yatra in Karnataka. She had also been part of the yatra when it entered Delhi.

Major opposition parties like the SP and the BSP have sent their best wishes for yatra but have decided to keep away from it despite an invite.

The Janata Dal (United), which is running the government in Bihar in alliance with RJD and Congress, will participate during the yatra’s Uttar Pradesh leg, party leader K.C. Tyagi confirmed.

Bharat Jodo Yatra is an ongoing mass movement started by the Indian National Congress. Rahul Gandhi, the leader of the Congress, is orchestrating the movement by mobilizing the party cadre and general public into walking by foot from Kanyakumari, the southern tip of the peninsula, to the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir, spanning 3,570 kilometres over 150 days.

The Congress said that they started this movement to unite the country against the alleged “divisive politics” of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led central government at New Delhi.

Launched by Gandhi and Tamil Nadu chief minister M. K. Stalin on September 7, 2022, its main objective is to fight against the politics of “fear, bigotry and prejudice” and the economics of livelihood destruction, increasing unemployment and growing inequalities.

The presidential election of the party was held during the movement. The party also formed a government on its own for the first time in 4 years during the movement.

The Bharat Jodo Yatra used a variety of slogans, poetry, and songs, such as ‘Mile Kadam, Jude Vatan’ (walk together, unite the country), Mehengai Se Nata Todo, Mil Kar Bharat Jodo (break ties with inflation, unite India), ‘Berozagari Ka Jaal Todo, Bharat Jodo’ (break the web of unemployment, unite India) and ‘Samvidhan Bachao’ (save the constitution) among others.

Many grassroots movements have been joining or endorsing the Bharat Jodo Yatra. The Congress has also appealed to citizens, organizations, and movements to join the Yatra.

More than 200 civil society members have appealed people to support Congress’ Bharat Jodo Yatra. The Indian National Congress has extended an invitation to Bihar chief minister and deputy chief minister Nitish Kumar and Tejashwi Yadav to join the yatra respectively.

As the march was set to enter Karnataka in late September, at least 89 organizations based in the state announced their support for and participation in it. Prominent participants in the Karnataka phase of the march include the author and intellectual, Devanur Mahadeva, and academic and literary critic G. N. Devy.

 

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