The Bharat Jodo Yatra led by Rahul Gandhi got underway from Awantipora in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, the PDP supremo, Mehbooba Mufti, joined Rahul Gandhi's yatra.
Srinagar: The Bharat Jodo Yatra led by Rahul Gandhi got underway from Awantipora in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday. The PDP supremo, Mehbooba Mufti, joined Rahul Gandhi’s foot march. The yatra was stopped due to alleged security lapses.
Mehbooba Mufti, along with a huge number of women, have been walking with Rahul Gandhi from Chursu. It is expected that the tea break will take place near the Birla International School in Pampore, while yatris will stay at the truck yard in Pantha Chowk on the outskirts of Srinagar at night.
It is planned that the yatra will start on January 29 from Pantha Chowk and walk up to Nehru Park on the Boulevard Road. Rahul Gandhi will address a press conference there.
However, on Friday, Rahul had to cancel his walk when the caravan entered Kashmir Valley, as the party alleged a security lapse and further claimed that the security arrangements made by the Union territory administration had “completely collapsed.”
The Gandhi scion, after starting his yatra from Banihal in the Jammu area on Friday, crossed the Jawahar Tunnel into the valley in Qazigund in a bulletproof vehicle.
The security personnel struggled to manage and contain the mob of hundreds of party fans while the yatra received a rousing welcome on this side of the tunnel. For the day, the yatra was cancelled.
The Jammu and Kashmir Police denied the Congress’ allegation that there had been a security breach at the Bharat Jodo Yatra and claimed that the organisers had failed to notify them of the arrival of a sizable gathering from Banihal. However, the Congress released a video that allegedly showed police officers leaving the scene.
Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge has written to Home Minister Amit Shah regarding the Rahul Gandhi-led Bharat Jodo Yatra that will conclude on January 30 in Srinagar.
On Monday, the curtain of the long foot march Bharat Jodo Yatra will be down with a rally in which leaders and ‘like-minded’ parties are expected to turn up.