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Actor Kamal Haasan joins ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ with Gandhi family in Delhi

The Congress mega march, which completed 100 days on December 16, will take a nine-day break at the end of the year and will start again from Delhi on January 3.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: Thousands of people joined Congress’s ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ along with Rahul Gandhi in Delhi today amid an appeal by the Health Minister to follow the Covid protocol. Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan also became a part of this journey along with Rahul Gandhi. Several senior party leaders including Jairam Ramesh, Pawan Khera, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Kumari Selja and Randeep Surjewala were also seen participating in the march.

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Former Congress president Sonia Gandhi and party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi also joined Rahul in the padayatra. This is the second time that Sonia Gandhi has joined the yatra. In October, he participated in the Congress’s mega foot march in Karnataka.

As the yatra entered the national capital from Faridabad this morning, Delhi Congress chief Anil Chowdhary welcomed Gandhi, other party leaders and passengers at the Badarpur border amid slogans of “Rahul Zindabad”.

Addressing party workers and leaders, Rahul Gandhi reiterated that the purpose of his visit was to open a ‘mohabbat ki dukan’ (shop of love) amidst the ‘nafrat ka bazar’ (market of hatred). The common man of the country is now talking about love. Lakhs of people have participated in the yatra in every state. I have told the people of RSS and BJP that we have come here to open a shop of love in your ‘bazaar’ of hatred.”

He said the purpose of the yatra is to show the “real India” where people help each other. Rahul said, “They (BJP, RSS) spread hatred, we (Congress) spread love.”

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Earlier, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya wrote a letter to Rahul Gandhi asking him to ensure adherence to Covid protocol during the ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’.

In his reply, Rahul Gandhi cited PM Narendra Modi’s recent election campaign in Gujarat and BJP’s “Jan Aakrosh Yatra” in Rajasthan. He said, “BJP is taking out yatras in various states, but the health minister is only sending letters to us.”

The Congress had alleged that the BJP wanted to stop Rahul Gandhi’s yatra because it was scared of the love the Bharat Jodo Yatra had received.

Today’s journey will end at the Red Fort in the evening. The Congress mega march, which completed 100 days on December 16, will take a nine-day break at the end of the year and will start again from Delhi on January 3.

Delhi Police has issued a traffic advisory, asking commuters to avoid certain routes and make “maximum use” of public transport. It has been said in the consultation that there is a possibility of heavy traffic from Badarpur to Red Fort.

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“The roads will have graded and dynamic diversion to ensure smooth traffic management and for the convenience of commuters while ensuring safety of pedestrians,” the advisory said.

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