The mass outreach initiative by Congress – Bharat Jodo Yatra – helmed by Congress leader and MP Rahul Gandhi – which began on September 7 from Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu, entered its 66th day on Saturday in Maharashtra and has so far covered 28 districts in six states before it enters Madhya Pradesh on November 20.
The party functionary informed that the Bharat Jodo Yatra, today, resumed from Shevala village in Hingoli district on its sixth day in Maharashtra. The foot march will pass through Arati village, Pardi Mod bus stand and Kalamnuri zilla parishad high school ground, before halting for the night at the Shankarrao Satav arts and commerce college ground in Kalamnuri.
Bharat jodo Yatra will pass through 12 states before culminating in Jammu and Kashmir after spanning a distance of 3,570 km over the course of about 150 days. Gandhi is scheduled to address two rallies in the state – one was on November 10 and second to be on November 18.
Congress spokesperson quits ahead of Bharat Jodo Yatra’s last leg in Kashmir
Congress party’s spokesperson Deepika Pushkar Nath has quit just a few days before Bharat Jodo Yatra’s entry in Jammu and Kashmir.
Nath tweeted on January 17 about her decision to resign the Congress. She made it clear that she’s resigning because of former Jammu and Kashmir minister Choudhary Lal Singh joining the Rahul Gandhi-led Yatra. Accusing Lal Singh of backing the accused in 2018 Kathua rape case, Nath said, she cannot share the party platform with him on ideological grounds.
Have a look at the tweet:
In view of Ch.Lal Singh’s proposal of joining @bharatjodo & @INCJammuKashmir allowing the same, I am left with no other option but to resign from @INCIndia
Lal Singh was responsible in sabotaging the Kathua rape case in 2018 by brazenly defending rapists.
— Deepika Pushkar Nath (@DeepikaSRajawat) January 17, 2023
Nath, a human rights lawyer based in Jammu, had initially represented Kathua rape victim’s family.
Two-time MP and three-time MLA Lal Singh parted ways with the Congress in 2014, then went on to join BJP. In 2018, he was forced to resign as Forest Minister of J&K. He allegedly expressed support to the accused in the Kathua rape case. He left the BJP in 2019.
Bharat Jodo Yatra will be entering J&K on Friday, January 20.
I will have to be beheaded before entering RSS office: Rahul Gandhi
Congress MP Rahul Gandhi said on January 17 that it is problematic if his estranged cousin BJP MPM Varun Gandhi joins Bharat Jodo Yatra.
The Gandhi scion is in Punjab’s Hoshiarpur for Yatra. He said at a press conference, “Varun is in the BJP and if he walks here, it might be a problem for him.”
“My ideologies don’t match with his. My family adopted an ideology, and Varun adopted another. I can not go to the RSS office. I will have to be beheaded before that,” Rahul added.
Watch Rahul Gandhi’s statements at the press conference here:
#WATCH | Varun Gandhi is in BJP if he walks here then it might be a problem for him. My ideology doesn’t match his ideology.I cannot go to RSS office,I’ll have to be beheaded before that. My family has an ideology. Varun adopted another & I can’t accept that ideology:Rahul Gandhi pic.twitter.com/hEgjpoqlhK
— ANI (@ANI) January 17, 2023
Speculation about Varun Gandhi joining Bharat Jodo Yatra, and eventually the Congress made rounds. This happened amid Varun taking stands on people-centric issues on twitter and through print media. Many of his opinions are not in line with the BJP’s official position.
This caused embarrassment to the Central Government, and gave opposition an opportunity to sharpen its attack against BJP. Varun and his mother Maneka Gandhi both are MPs from BJP in Uttar Pradesh. Neither are they a part of any important BJP panel, nor they use the party’s name in their Twitter bios.
Rahul Gandhi’s statements might be a hint to Varun to officially quit BJP and be publicly critical about the BJP-RSS ideology. The wink-wink move may not do.
Nupur Sharma gets gun license by Delhi police amid threats over Prophet remark
Suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma made headlines due to controversial Prophet remark she made during a TV debate last year. Sharma got a gun license by Delhi Police after she requested it, amid threats over the disputable remark.
Those who came out in her support were also threatened. Two killings have been linked to the controversy. A pharmacist, Umesh Kolhe who supported her, was murdered in Amravati in June. Days later, Kanhaiya Lal, a tailor in Udaipur who had backed Sharma on social media was hacked to death.
Sharma complained of receiving threats to her life. Her lawyer told the Supreme Court that she has “an ever-increasing threat to her safety” and that it is “a real and genuine threat.”
The Supreme Court gave out a scathing remark on Sharma in its July order: “The way she has ignited emotions across the country. This lady is single-handedly responsible for what is happening in the country.”