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‘Going back to my roots’, says Rahul Gandhi as his ongoing Bharat Jodo Yatra reaches J&K

Bharat Jodo Yatra: Former CM Farooq Abdullah on Thursday (January 19) arrived to welcome Rahul Gandhi on his entry into Jammu and Kashmir for the Bharat Jodo Yatra.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Kathua: Congress Bharat Jodo Yatra has entered Lakhanpur in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir. Former Chief Minister and MP Farooq Abdullah, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut and other Congress leaders welcomed the visit. A large number of people have reached Lakhanpur. A large number of security forces have been deployed. Meanwhile Congress MP took to Twitter and expresses his happiness, “It is a great pleasure to reach Jammu and Kashmir as I go back to my home, where my ancestors had their roots. I am learning about and understanding more of me, every state, my country.”

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The Bharat Jodo Yatra, which started from Kanyakumari on September 7, 2022, is entering Jammu and Kashmir after a period of four months and 11 days. Around 6 pm on Thursday, Rahul Gandhi, who is leading the Bharat Jodo Yatra, will enter Jammu and Kashmir via the Ravi bridge on foot. Supporters were seen carrying party flags and torch lights as the Yatra marched ahead.

Former Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti, National Conference (NC) vice president Omar Abdullah, Shiv Sena (UBT) MP Sanjay Raut, and CPI (M) leader Mohamad Yousuf would also participate in the yatra at the different locations, Congress leaders said.

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said that a few politicians should not use Bharat Jodo Yatra to whitewash their past on Kathua Rape accused Lal Singh joining the Yatra.

In view of the Bharat Jodo Yatra entering Jammu, the Jammu and Kashmir police authorities have also announced to ensure all the possible security arrangements.

The Yatra is to conclude in Srinagar on January 30. In another similar development, Jammu and Kashmir Congress spokesperson Deepika Pushkar Nath has resigned from the party after its state unit “allowed” former BJP leader and minister Choudhary Lal Singh to join Rahul Gandhi`s Bharat Jodo Yatra.

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To the resignation of one Congress leader from the party during the crucial phase of Bharat Jodo Yatra, Union Minister Jitendra Singh in Kathua said that the Congress defected from the places wherever the Bharat Jodo Yatra passed from. “`Congress Todo` occurred from wherever the Bharat Jodo Yatra has passed from,” Jitendra Singh had said.

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