The ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ will be sent off at around 5 pm with a meeting in Kanyakumari, and the ‘padyatra’ or walk will start on Thursday morning.
Chennai: With an eye on the 2024 general political race, Congress MP Rahul Gandhi will send off the party’s ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ from Kanyakumari today. The 3,500 kilometer-long-yatra will be canvassed in almost 150 days.
Rahul Gandhi began his day with a visit to his dad Rajiv Gandhi’s commemoration in Tamil Nadu’s Sriperumbudur, where the previous Prime Minister was killed in a self destruction assault on May 21, 1991.
In the wake of visiting his dad’s dedication, Rahul Gandhi tweeted, “I lost my dad to the legislative issues of disdain and division. I won’t lose my dearest country to it as well. Love will overcome disdain. Trust will overcome dread. Together, we will survive.”
Charging social polarization and political centralisation under the BJP rule, Mr Gandhi had prior said that the ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ is like a ‘tapasya’ to him to join the country.
Mr Gandhi will go to an occasion at the Mahatma Gandhi Mandapam at night where Chief Minister MK Stalin will give up the public banner to him for the yatra send off.
The 3,500 kilometer-long-yatra, named by the Congress as the “longest walk” coordinated in the country throughout the past 100 years, will be sent off at around 5 pm with a meeting, and the ‘padyatra’ or foot walk will start on Thursday morning.
Driven by Rahul Gandhi, Congress laborers and pioneers will stroll in two clumps between 7 am to 6.30 pm consistently, to cover 12 states and two association regions over the course of the following 150 days.
Mr Gandhi will walk as far as possible – from Kanyakumari to Kashmir, where the yatra will finish up. All state unit presidents would coordinate the ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ in their separate states in fortitude with Mr Gandhi, the party said in an explanation.
The Congress says the yatra is party’s greatest ever ‘Jan Samparka program’ during which they will attempt to interface with the ordinary citizens on different issues, including expansion, value rise and joblessness.
Senior party pioneer Jairam Ramesh said the yatra is a “groundbreaking second for Indian governmental issues and it is a definitive second for the revival of the party”.
On Tuesday, party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi had said that the Congress is beginning “positive legislative issues” with the ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’. In a video, she encouraged individuals to join together and join the ‘yatra’ to make the nation prosperous.