Rahul Gandhi, the head of the Congress, will begin the “Bharat Jodo Yatra” (Uniting India rally) at Kanyakumari on September 8 after paying respects and engaging in meditation at the Sriperumbudur monument near Chennai, the location of his father Rajiv Gandhi’s murder in 1991. The party is claiming that the yatra would be the nation’s longest rally in a century.
The Congress this week urged everyone to take part in the yatra, saying it would serve as an alternative to both the “politics of fear, intolerance, and prejudice” and the “economics of livelihood destruction, rising unemployment, and widening disparities.”
For the yatra, the Congress revealed a logo, tagline, booklet, and website. Mile Kadam, Jude Vatan is the catchphrase or slogan for the statewide foot march (walk together, unite the country).
The yatra’s route on a map. Bharatjodoyatra.in is the source.
Congressman Digvijaya Singh remarked during the launch that anyone who wants to join Rahul can do so by signing up on the campaign’s website, http://www.bharatjodoyatra.in.
On Monday, the yatra’s anthem was unveiled by the opposition party. Party general secretary in-charge of communications Jairam Ramesh spoke during a news conference to introduce it at the AICC headquarters in New Delhi.
The Congress claimed during the conference that its “Bharat Jodo Yatra”—which travels from Kashmir to Kanyakumari—is in no way a “Mann Ki Baat” and that its goal is to ensure that the concerns and demands of the people reach Delhi.
Senior party officials and spokespersons stressed the necessity of the Bharat Jodo Yatra’s launch on September 7 in Kanyakumari during press conferences on Monday in 28 different places.
Prior to the unveiling, Rahul Gandhi will participate in a prayer service at Rajiv Gandhi’s memorial in Sriperumbudur and attend an event in Kanyakumari with M K Stalin of Tamil Nadu, Ashok Gehlot of Rajasthan, and Bhupesh Baghel of Chhattisgarh. A national flag for Khadi will be presented to the previous head of the Congress here.
Rahul and other Congress officials will go to the location of the public rally where the yatra will start after the function at the Mahatma Gandhi Mandapam, where Stalin will be present.
Despite being officially started during the rally, the 3,570-kilometer yatra from Kanyakumari to Srinagar will actually begin at 7 am on September 8 when Rahul and several other Congress officials set out on the journey.
The “padayatra” will go in two waves, from 7 to 10:30 am and 3:30 to 6:30 pm. Less people will attend the morning session, but there will be a large turnout for the evening session. According to Ramesh, the padyatris walk 22 to 23 kilometres each day on average.
According to him, smaller Bharat Jodo Yatras will take place concurrently with the main one in states like Assam, Tripura, Bihar, Odisha, Sikkim, West Bengal, and Nagaland.
What is the Bharat Jodo Yatra’s schedule?
On September 7, the padyatra (foot march) will start in Kanyakumari and end in Jammu. The yatra will take place in Tamil Nadu from September 7 to September 10. The yatra would proceed from neighbouring Kerala starting the following day.
According to D K Shivakumar, state head of the party in Karnataka, it will travel 511 kilometres over 21 days.
“Our state has 511 km, some of which are covered in forests. AICC will decide the yatra in those areas after consulting with the local government and police. All of our leaders and employees will take part in the yatra, which will last 21 days and travel through eight districts in the state, added Shivakumar. He continued by saying that the daily mileage would be determined by the conditions in the area and the stops that would be made there.
Twelve states and two union territories will be included in the march. According to senior party leader Jairam Ramesh, it will be around 3,500 km long and finished in about 150 days.
What kind of preparations are being made?
As part of the practise exercise, security officials went to the Sriperumbudur memorial. According to sources inside the Congress party, efforts are being taken to ensure that the necessary arrangements are completed at Sriperumbudur while also taking into consideration the goal of the party’s nationwide yatra.
Among the things being discussed are prayers and a theme based on the Tricolor to evoke nationalist sentiments and topple the BJP government at the Center.
Why was a stop made in Sriperumbudur?
Rajiv Gandhi, a former prime minister, was killed by a suicide bomber in Sriperumbudur on May 21, 1991. Rahul is visiting his memorial for the first time; it was inaugurated in 2003.
Recently, Rahul held a meeting with representatives of the civil society at a conclave where the party’s yatra plans were discussed.
Over 150 civil society organisations, professions, and unions participated in the “Bharat Jodo Yatra Conclave,” including Aruna Roy, Syeda Hameed, Sharad Behar, P V Rajgopal, Bezwada Wilson, Devanoora Mahadeva, GN Devy, and Yogendra Yadav.
Yogendra Yadav, Jairam Ramesh, and Digvijaya Singh were among the notable representatives of civil society and politicians present at the conference, which was held at the Delhi Constitution Club. Prior to it, Singh gave the civil society delegates an overview of the “Bharat Jodo Yatra” and asked everyone speaking out about social issues to take part.
At the conclave, Rahul declared that the yatra is comparable to a “tapasya” for him and that he is prepared for the “long war” to bring the nation together.