Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's unprecedented foot march has set a record on Friday as his Bharat Jodo Yatra has marked its 100th day and successfully rallying towards its destination. Joined by senior leaders, several celebrities and a sea of people, the Congress leader have had a rigid leg of tours covering several states since September.
The Bharat Jodo Yatra (Unite India March) was launched on September 7 at Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu by Rahul Gandhi and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin. The yatra is framed with the objective to fight against the politics of fear, bigotry, and prejudice, and increasing unemployment and growing inequalities. From Tamil Nadu, Rahul Gandhi marched across the states and he was joined by the Congress leaders and cadres of respective states.
The yatra was designed in a way of covering 12 states and two Union Territories across the country and Rahul Gandhi begun the march to cover 3,570 km rally by foot. After touring Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, the yatra is currently in Rajasthan, the Congress ruling state.
On Friday morning, the yatra began from Meena Highcourt in Rajasthan with the bang as it has completed 100 days of its total 150 days. Rahul Gandhi was joined by Congress General Secretary Venugopal, Rajasthan Congress leader Sachin Pilot, and other senior leaders. On Friday, Venugopal said that the yatra has made an achievement of highlighting the issues of common people.
"Bharat Jodo Yatra's biggest achievement is that issues of the common people of the country have been highlighted through it", Venugopal told PTI. He further said, "The BJP's attempt of demolishing his (Gandhi's) image has also been destroyed by us." Venugopal stated that the message of the yatra will be spread through a follow-up campaign which will be carried out by the party from January 26.
The yatra's destination is Jammu and Kashmir and it is speculated to reach the destination by February. Rahul Gandhi has covered over 2,800 kilometers and the yatra will enter Delhi on December 24 and after covering Uttar Pradesh as Rahul Gandhi's next leg. After ending his tour in Delhi, Rahul Gandhi will tour Haryana and Punjab before reaching Jammu and Kashmir.
Newly sworn-in Congress Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu will join Rahul Gandhi in the yatra on Friday along with the newly-elected MLAs. In a tweet in Hindi, Himachal Pradesh Congress unit wrote, "Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, Deputy CM Mukesh Agnihotri, along with MLAs will be taking part in the yatra along with Rahul Gandhi."