Tensions in Wayanad compels MP Rahul Gandhi to take a break from Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra

In Wayanad, a district-wide hartal was called by LDF, UDF and BJP to seek permanent solutions to the man-animal conflicts in the region.

ByPTI

Published Feb 17, 2024 | 5:22 PMUpdatedFeb 17, 2024 | 7:29 PM

Rahul Gandhi during the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra

Rahul Gandhi is leaving for Wayanad from Varanasi as he is urgently required in his Lok Sabha constituency and will resume his Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra from Uttar Pradesh’s Prayagraj on the afternoon of  Sunday, 18 February, the party said.

Gandhi’s visit to Wayanad comes a day after a man, who was seriously injured in another wild elephant attack on Friday, 16 Februay, died at the Kozhikode medical college during the day.

The victim was an eco-tourism guide of the Forest department and was stationed at the Kuruva Island here which is a well-known tourist destination, a Forest official said.

In a post on X, Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh said, “Rahul Gandhi’s presence is required urgently in Wayanad. He is leaving this evening from Varanasi at 5 PM. The Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra will resume at 3 PM tomorrow, February 18th, at Prayagraj.”

In Wayanad, a district-wide hartal was called by the ruling LDF, opposition UDF and BJP to seek permanent solutions to the man-animal conflicts in the region. Shops and business establishments remained closed while vehicles were kept off the roads across the district.

The Congress yatra entered Uttar Pradesh on Friday and will traverse through the state before entering Rajasthan. The east-to-west Manipur-Mumbai yatra will in all traverse 6,700 km through 15 states and aims to highlight the message of ‘nyay’ (justice) while meeting common people on the way.

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