Rahul Gandhi reaches West Bengal as Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra is scheduled to resume

Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge has written to CM Mamata Banerjee, urging her to ensure that the programme is held smoothly in the state.

BySouth First Desk

Published Jan 28, 2024 | 3:04 PMUpdated Jan 28, 2024 | 3:09 PM

Rahul Gandhi reaches West Bengal as Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra is scheduled to resume

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi arrived in West Bengal on the morning of Sunday, 28 January, to participate in the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra, which will resume after a two-day break.

Gandhi was received at the Bagdogra airport in Siliguri in the northern part of the state by West Bengal Congress president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury.

From Siliguri, he will travel to Jalpaiguri district, from where the Yatra will resume in the afternoon. The yatra, which will proceed both by bus and on foot, will halt for the night near Siliguri, he said.

On Monday, it will head to Islampur in Uttar Dinajpur district, before entering Bihar, he added.

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The yatra in Bengal

The yatra is scheduled to re-enter West Bengal on 31 January via Malda and then after travelling through Murshidabad, it will leave the state on 1 February.

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge has written to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee urging her to ensure that the programme is held smoothly in the state.

The Congress earlier alleged that some of its banners featuring Gandhi were vandalised in Jalpaiguri.

Chowdhury also raised concern over facing obstacles in securing permission for organising public meetings as a part of the yatra in the state.

A day before the yatra entered West Bengal, Banerjee announced that her party, the TMC, would contest the Lok Sabha elections in the state by itself, and not as part of the INDIA bloc in the Opposition.

The yatra, which began in Manipur on 14 January, entered West Bengal from Assam on Thursday morning and took a break, during which Gandhi returned to New Delhi.

The Congress earlier alleged that some banners featuring Gandhi were vandalised in Jalpaiguri.

Chowdhury also raised concern over facing obstacles in securing permission for organising public meetings as a part of the Yatra in the state.

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Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra

Earlier, Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh said the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra from Khongjom in Manipur to Mumbai in Maharashtra was being organised “to raise our voice for economic justice, social justice and political justice, to raise our voice against the ANYAY KAAL of the last 10 years.”

The yatra is scheduled to pass through 100 Lok Sabha constituencies in 15 states and the party believes it would prove to be as “transformative” as Rahul Gandhi’s earlier cross-country march.

The Congress has said it is taking out the yatra as the government did not give it a chance to raise people’s issues in Parliament and the initiative is aimed at re-establishing the principles of justice, liberty, equality and fraternity enshrined in the Constitution.

The yatra will traverse 6,713 km, mostly in buses but also on foot. It will cover 110 districts in 67 days, before culminating in Mumbai on 20 or 21 March.

Though the Congress has repeatedly stressed that this is not an electoral yatra, it comes at a crucial juncture as the party seeks to revive its fortunes after a poor showing in the last round of assembly elections.

(With PTI inputs)