New Delhi: Rahul Gandhi’s India Unity Yatra, which is resuming from Delhi after a nine-day winter break, will enter Uttar Pradesh today (Jan. 3). The yatra to be held in BJP-ruled Uttar Pradesh has received a lot of attention.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is walking from Kanyakumari to Kashmir in the name of India Unity Yatra. Last Sep. This yatra started from Tamil Nadu on 7th and passed through the states of Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Haryana, entered Delhi on 24th and ended at Red Fort that evening. After that, the pilgrimage was suspended for 9 days due to winter vacation. In this situation, the pilgrimage started again from Delhi today.
The pilgrimage starts from Kashmiri Gate in Delhi and continues towards Loni town in Ghaziabad district. Rahul Gandhi performed the Katha ritual at the Hanuman Temple in Delhi’s Yamuna Bazaar this morning. He then spent some time with the temple gurus who wanted to take pictures with him. Starting from Delhi, the yatra will pass through Loni town and enter BJP-ruled Uttar Pradesh via Ghaziabad today (Tuesday) afternoon.
Congress party secretary and Uttar Pradesh state Congress in-charge Priyanka Gandhi will join Rahul on the pilgrimage to enter the state ruled by BJP’s Yogi Adityanath. After that both of them trek through Baghpat touching many parts of Kairana and Shamili. Bharatiya Kishan Sangam, which has been active in the farmers’ struggle in the last 2020 and 2021, welcomes the Yatra during the Yatra that will reach Mavikala village on Wednesday.
Earlier, the Congress had invited Uttar Pradesh state opposition leader and Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav and West Bengal Chief Minister Mayawati to participate in the India Unity Yatra. Both of them wished the Yatra a success and said that they would support the Yatra from outside.
He thanked Rahul Gandhi for inviting him to participate in the yatra on Monday and wished him success in the yatra. In his letter to Rahul, he said, “India is a feeling that transcends geographical boundaries. Positive elements like love, non-violence, sentiments, cooperation and harmony unite India. I hope this pilgrimage to connect culture that embodies this will achieve its purpose.”
Mayawati tweeted, “My best wishes for the Indian Unity Yatra and thanks to Rahulji for inviting me to participate in the Yatra.”
Earlier, speaking at a press conference, Rahul Gandhi had said, “There is a big gap and difference between love and hate in general. But many people want to spread love. I know Akhilesh and Mayawati don’t like hate.”
The India Unity Yatra, planned for 150 days, covered around 3,000 km in 110 days. Entering Haryana on 5th January, traveling through Punjab and ending in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir on 26th.