‘Bharat Nyay Yatra’ renamed ‘Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra’, with the motto of social justice

The Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra would start on 14 January from Imphal, Manipur, and end in Maharastra, covering 15 states, 110 districts, and 6,700 km.

BySouth First Desk

Published Jan 04, 2024 | 4:33 PMUpdatedJan 04, 2024 | 4:37 PM

Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader Jairam Ramesh told reporters after a meeting with party leaders and workers that the Bharat Nyay Yatra that Rahul Gandhi was undertaking from Manipur to Maharastra would be known as the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra.

The leader said this decision was taken with suggestions from all the leaders, including AICC president Mallikarjuna Kharge, Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leaders, and Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) presidents.

Recalling the effect the Bharat Jodo Yatra had had on people, Jairam Ramesh said that this yatra would be an extension of it, with the motto of social justice.

Senior Congress leaders from across the country discussed the party’s strategy for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections and seat sharing with other parties, besides preparations for the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra, which is slated to begin on 14 January.

Kharge convened the meeting of party general secretaries, state in-charges, state unit chiefs, and CLP leaders at the party headquarters here. Former party chief Rahul Gandhi was also present.

This is the first meeting of the newly appointed party office bearers after Kharge carried out a reshuffle in December.

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Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra

The Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra would start on 14 January from Imphal, Manipur, and take the route of Nagaland, Assam, and then to Arunachal Pradesh.

The yatra would then come back to Assam, and go to Bihar, West Bengal, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujrat, and Maharatra covering 15 states and 110 districts and 6,700 km.

Jairam Ramesh further added the Yatra would be majorly a bus yatra.

The Congress leader clarified that though the yatra was being led by Rahul Gandhi, all the INDIA bloc parties would be invited.

He further added even civil society groups will be included, as they contributed immensely to the Bhatar Jodo Yatra.

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Kharge asks the workers to unite

The BJP is raising emotive issues to hide its failures of 10 years in power at the Centre, Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge said on Thursday and asked party leaders and workers to unite to win the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

The Congress president also lauded Rahul Gandhi for undertaking the Kanyakumari to Kashmir Bharat Jodo Yatra and expressed confidence that his Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra from Manipur to Maharashtra will bring issues of social justice to the centre of the national discussion.

“The BJP is pushing emotive issues to cover up the failures of its government in the last 10 years. They deliberately involve Congress in every issue,” Kharge said at the meeting of party leaders from across the country.

“We have to unite and give a befitting reply to the lies, deceit and wrongdoings of the BJP on grassroots issues in front of the people,” Kharge said as he asked the leaders to sink their differences, not raise internal issues in the media and work as a team.

‘INDIA bloc has grassroot parties’

He said he respected Sonia Gandhi’s services as the Congress president for 25 years and how she worked in every state to ensure that the Congress-led UPA defeated the NDA in 2004 and remained in power for 10 years.

“Back then, our workers in every village and city stood up. Today, we will have to work with the same dedication and hard work to take the party forward,” he said.

Noting that all the attacks of the BJP were on the Congress and the INDIA bloc, he said, “The NDA remains only in name while the INDIA bloc has major grassroots parties that have a strong cadre, base and ideology.”

Accusing the Modi government of continuously trying to ignore the contribution of Congress towards creating a modern India, he said, “We have to give them a concrete answer”.

He asked the cadre to forever remember the contributions made by the Congress in the foundation of parliamentary democracy and modern India.

“Because those who forget history, cannot create history,” he said.

By working night and day, we will be able to provide an alternative government to the people after the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, he said.

“Leave aside differences, do not indulge in nitpicking and do not raise internal issues in the media and work as a team to ensure Congress’ victory,” he told the gathering.

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(With PTI inputs)