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Rahul Gandhi had started Bharat Jodo Yatra from Kanyakumari on 7 September 2022.
Congress’s second Bharat Jodo Yatra may take place between December 2023 and February 2024. Rahul Gandhi will travel from Gujarat to Meghalaya. This time the journey will not only be on foot, but vehicles will also be used in the journey.
The route of this yatra was announced by Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee President Nana Patole on August 8. Congress leader P. Chidambaram had said at a press conference in September that the party was planning the second phase of the Bharat Jodo Yatra.
The first Bharat Jodo Yatra was from Kanyakumari to Srinagar.
Rahul Gandhi’s first Bharat Jodo Yatra started from Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu on 7 September. It concluded on January 30 in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir. This journey lasted 145 days and covered a distance of about 3570 km.
This journey touched the borders of 14 states. These include Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Telangana, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, UP, Delhi, Haryana, Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir.
During the Bharat Jodo Yatra, Rahul Gandhi maintained distance from the media except during the press conference. However, he continued giving interviews to bloggers. In these interviews, Rahul kept answering questions ranging from politics to personal questions openly.
At the conclusion of the yatra in Srinagar, at the Sher-e-Kashmir Cricket Stadium, Rahul had said – I have done this yatra not for myself or for the Congress but for the people of the country. Our aim is to stand against an ideology that seeks to destroy the foundation of this country.
Rahul addressed 12 public meetings
During the visit, Rahul Gandhi addressed 12 meetings, held more than 100 meetings and 13 press conferences. He took part in more than 275 discussions while walking, whereas he had around 100 discussions while stopping somewhere.
Leaders, writers, military veterans join in
There was also participation from celebrities, writers, military veterans during the yatra. These included former Army Chief General (Retd) Deepak Kapoor, former Navy Chief Admiral (Retd) L Ramadoss and former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan, former Finance Secretary Arvind Mayaram.
Opposition leaders also participated in the yatra
Opposition leaders like National Conference’s Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah, PDP Chief Mehbooba Mufti, Shiv Sena’s Aaditya Thackeray, Priyanka Chaturvedi, Sanjay Raut and NCP’s Supriya Sule also walked with Rahul at some places during the march.
Bollywood celebrities also attended Rahul’s visit
Many Bollywood celebrities also joined Rahul’s visit. These include Swara Bhaskar to Urmila Mantodkar. At the same time, Kamal Haasan was also seen with Rahul in South India.
There was participation from various sections of the society including film and TV personalities like Pooja Bhatt, Rhea Sen, Sushant Singh, Rashami Desai, Akanksha Puri and Amol Palekar.
Mission to connect heart to heart: Rahul Gandhi held a press conference before starting the Bharat Jodo Yatra. In this he had said that the purpose of Bharat Jodo Yatra is not political, rather he has set out to connect hearts. At this time Rahul had a light beard on his face.
Local Connect: Rahul Gandhi launched the Bharat Jodo Yatra from Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu on September 7. Then Rahul was seen walking wearing sports shoes with white T-shirt and track pants. Local people also kept associating with Rahul.
Image of a tough leader: Rahul’s journey reached Mysore in Karnataka on 2 October. After a long day’s journey, when Rahul moved towards the stage to address the people late in the evening, it started raining. Rahul did not wait for the rain to stop. He continued his speech while getting wet.
Trying to connect with culture: The fourth state to be included in Rahul’s visit was Andhra Pradesh. However, Rahul came out only touching its limit. Meanwhile, while passing through the highway, Ramleela artists had joined Rahul’s journey for some time.
Grip on ground issues: When Rahul Gandhi’s visit reached Telangana, he was seen walking carrying sugarcane in support of farmers. By the time he reached here, Rahul’s look had also changed and his beard had also started growing. Although he was traveling wearing a white T-shirt only.
Importance of women: After Telangana, Rahul’s journey reached Maharashtra. During this period, only women accompanied Rahul Gandhi in the yatra on 19th November, the birthday of Indira Gandhi. From Nanded to Buldhana in Maharashtra, Rahul was seen meeting women and children.
Sister’s support in the journey: Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi joined brother Rahul’s journey in Madhya Pradesh. In Khandwa, Rahul was seen in a very light mood with Priyanka and former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath.
Mega show of Congress in Rajasthan: After reaching Rajasthan, the first Congress ruled state in the Hindi belt, Rahul had discussed with party president Mallikarjun Kharge. By this time it was becoming cold, but Rahul continued wearing only a white T-shirt. His beard had also become thick.
Connection with party workers: Congress MP Santokh Singh Chaudhary, who was involved in the Bharat Jodo Yatra in Jalandhar, Punjab, died of a heart attack. After this Rahul immediately postponed the trip and went to his house to express his condolences.
Entry in Jammu and Kashmir: When Rahul Gandhi reached Banihal in Jammu and Kashmir, it was bitterly cold. Rahul wore a cap here, but he continued to wear a white T-shirt with half sleeves, while the people present with him were wearing warm clothes.
Closeness to common people: This picture is of Kathua in Jammu. Rahul had hugged a woman here and she started crying. Then Congress had written on social media – Emotions overflow into tears, when one meets one’s own.
Also visited temple-mosque, church-gurudwara
During the journey, Rahul also visited many religious places in different states. Wherever Rahul went, his attire appeared to be appropriate there. Rahul went to temple, mosque, church and gurudwara. Performed puja and also met religious leaders.
There is more discussion about Rahul’s look and T-shirt than political purpose.
In this journey of Rahul, his looks have been in discussion more than politics. At the time of the beginning of the yatra in Kanyakumari on September 7, Rahul had a light beard on his face, but after about five months, his appearance had completely changed. There was a thick beard on his face and the hair on his head had also grown. Here, Rahul’s white T-shirt was also in the news, wearing which he was seen walking even in the harsh winter.
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