Congress's ambitious Bharat Jodo Yatra will start from today. It will be from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. During the yatra, this walking tour will pass through 12 states and two union territories. Congress is calling it a historic journey. It will cover a distance of about 3570 km.
New Delhi: Congress’s ambitious Bharat Jodo Yatra will start from today. It will be flagged off by Rahul Gandhi. It will be from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. During the yatra, this walking tour will pass through 12 states and two union territories. Congress is calling it a historic journey. It will cover a distance of about 3570 km. The Bharat Jodo Yatra will pass through Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Nilambur, Mysuru, Bellary, Raichur, Vikarabad, Nanded, Jalgaon, Indore, Kota, Dausa, Alwar, Bulandshahr, Delhi, Ambala, Pathankot, Jammu, and end in Srinagar.
The march will move in two batches from 7 am to 10:30 am and from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm. While the morning session will include fewer participants, the evening session will see mass mobilisation. The participants plan to walk around 22 to 23 km daily. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin will present a national flag made of khadi to Gandhi who will hand it over to Seva Dal workers who will manage the Yatra throughout.
The Congress has asserted its Yatra is not a ‘Mann Ki Baat’, but to ensure people’s concerns reach Delhi. It has classified 119 leaders, including Rahul Gandhi, as ‘Bharat Yatris’ who will walk the entire route. About 30 per cent of ‘Bharat Yatris’ are women. The average age of Bharat Yatris is 38. About 50,000 citizens have also registered to participate in the Yatra.
More than 200 civil society members have appealed to the people to support the Congress’ upcoming ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ and similar initiatives by any other organisation to defend against the “systematic assault” on the unity and democracy of India. Those participating in the yatra have been classified as “Bharat Yatris”, “Atithi Yatras”, “Pradesh Yatris” and “Volunteer Yatris”. The tagline of the yatra is “Mile Kadam, Jude Watan”. With the launch of the Yatra, the Congress is seeking to flag economic disparities, social polarisation and political centralisation, while attempting to make gains in what it often described as battle of ideologies.
“Let us all make Bharat Jodo Yatra the decisive step towards renewing our pledge to reclaim an India that is a sovereign, socialist, secular and democratic republic with liberty, equality, justice and fraternity as its guiding lights,” a civil society member said.