Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will kick off the party’s Bharat Jodo Yatra on Wednesday September 7 from Kanyakumari. Aiming at the 2024 election, the 3,500-kilometre yatra will be completed in 150 days. Rahul attended a prayer service earlier in the day at Rajiv Gandhi’s memorial in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu. “I lost my father to the politics of hate and division. I will not lose my beloved country to it too. Love will conquer hate. Hope will defeat fear. Together, we will overcome,” wrote Rahul Gandhi on his Twitter account after his visit.
I lost my father to the politics of hate and division. I will not lose my beloved country to it too.
Love will conquer hate. Hope will defeat fear. Together, we will overcome. pic.twitter.com/ODTmwirBHR
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) September 7, 2022
Gandhi has previously claimed that the Bharat Jodo Yatra is like a ‘Tapasya’ to him to unite the nation. He alleged that there is social polarisation and political centralisation under the BJP’s reign.
Rahul will be attending a kick-off event in the evening at Kanyakumari’s Mahatma Gandhi Mandapam, where Chief Minister M. K. Stalin will hand him the national flag.
Over the course of the next 150 days, Congress workers and leaders will walk in two batches between 7.00 am and 6.00 pm daily to cover 12 states and two union territories.
With over 14,000 tweets, #BharatJodoYatra is trending second on Twitter since morning.
National President of Indian National Congress Srinivas B. V. wrote, “Kanyakumari is all set to welcome Shri @RahulGandhi Ji. The drum beats signal a vibrant start to the #BharatJodoYatra.”
Chief Minister of Rajasthan Ashok Gehlot said that Rahul Gandhi has pledged to fight for the unity of India. “#BharatJodoYatra to start from Kanyakumari today. Yatris will march 3,570 km through 12 states to unite the country and spread the message of peace and harmony. Let’s join hands & march together,” he added.
Sharing the video of Rahul Gandhi attending a prayer service at Rajiv Gandhi’s memorial, Karnataka Pradesh Congress President (KPCC) D. K. Shivakumar wrote, “A son taking his father’s blessings who dedicated his life to the country to renew hope.”
Chhattisgarh Minister T. S. Singh Deo wrote that it is not easy for a son to visit the place of martyrdom of his father, but there can’t be a better commencement to #BharatJodoYatra. “Shri @RahulGandhi begins the yatra, paying tribute to former PM Late Shri Rajiv Gandhi. A sacrifice for the nation to inspire a stride for India!”
BJP’s Ravi Shankar Prasad, “People who were unable to unite their party are talking about Bharat Jodo, which is really strange. First, Rahul Gandhi should work on his party, and only then should he talk about India.”
A Twitter user with the hashtag #GoBackPappu slammed the Bharat Jodo Yatra led by Rahul Gandhi saying that it is a political stunt to regain the lost power. “Please don’t waste your energy because Congress will not return to power for the next 50 years. Our parliament is a place of worship and is not for your sleep,” the user added.