‘Taking out Nyay Yatra as govt didn’t give us chance to raise issues in Parliament,’ says Congress chief Kharge

Speaking about the Ram temple consecration ceremony, Kharge said he has got an invite for the ceremony and will decide on it very soon.


Published Jan 06, 2024 | 5:50 PMUpdatedJan 06, 2024 | 5:50 PM

Mallikarjun Kharge

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge, on Saturday, 6 January, said his party is taking out the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra as the government did not give it a chance to raise issues in Parliament.

The Rahul Gandhi-led Manipur-to-Maharashtra yatra, which will begin on 14 January, will cover 6,713 km and its participants will travel on buses and foot.

“The Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra will focus on basic social, political and economic issues of the country,” Kharge told a press conference in Delhi.

He added that INDIA bloc leaders and members of the civil society have also been invited to join the march along its route.

The Congress had earlier said that the east-to-west Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra would prove to be as impactful and transformative as the earlier south-to-north Bharat Jodo Yatra from Kanniyakumari to Kashmir.

The yatra being organised ahead of the 2024 general elections will cover 110 districts, 100 Lok Sabha seats and 337 Assembly segments in 66 days, starting from Manipur capital Imphal.

Related: ‘Bharat Nyay Yatra’ renamed ‘Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra’

Attack on ruling BJP

The Congress is taking out the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra as “the government did not give us the chance to raise our issues in Parliament”, Kharge said and added that “we will listen to people through this platform (yatra)”.

Targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Kharge said unfortunate incidents have taken place in Manipur and the Prime Minister, who speaks everywhere and does photo sessions, has not visited the state.

He also attacked the BJP government at the Centre, alleging that it is blatantly misusing agencies such as the Enforcement Directorate and the Income Tax Department to threaten Opposition leaders.

On whether he would attend the 22 January Ram Temple consecration ceremony, Kharge said that he received an invite for the ceremony and will decide on it very soon.

Related: Rahul Gandhi to lead Congress’ Bharat Nyay Yatra from 14 January

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