Bharat Nyay Yatra: All you need to know about Rahul Gandhi's upcoming journey of 'walking to the west'!

After a successful rally of Bharat Jodo Yatra (United India March) from Kanniyakumari to Kashmir, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is gearing up for the second round of the rally that will commence from Manipur and will end in Mumbai. The Congress leader will be embarking on a journey of walking to the west from the east in January 2024, three months ahead of the general elections. 

Through the mass movement of Bharat Jodo Yatra that lasted for over four months, Rahul Gandhi has reaped a remarkable attention and a hope of reviving the beleaguered base of the Congress party across the country. With the theme of building a social movement to fight against the BJP regime over the issues of social disharmony, hatred, communalism, and economic downfall, Rahul Gandhi travelled to fourteen states and covered 4,080 kilometers. 

During every part of the journey, thousands of people joined the rally and walked along with him in a fashion that the rally was conferred with positive outcomes for the party. Several political leaders and celebrities joined Rahul Gandhi in Bharat Jodo Yatra and with its massive success, there were strong speculations that he would plunge into the second round of the rally covering the horizontal direction, from east to west. 

As India is approaching the crucial elections, Rahul Gandhi has come up with a plan to begin the second round of the rally and to end it before the polls. On Wednesday - December 17, the Congress party has officially announced that Rahul Gandhi will be embarking on his second round of rally connecting the northeastern and western parts of the country. 

Dubbed as 'Bharat Jodo Yatra 2.0', the upcoming rally has been named 'Bharat Nyay Yatra' and it will get commenced from January 14. The Bharat Nyay Yatra will run from January 14 till March 20 and Rahul Gandhi would begin it from the violence-hit state of Manipur and would end the rally in Mumbai. Through his arduous terrain, the Congress leader would be covering about 6,200 kilometres. 

Bharat Nyay Yatra will be flagged off by Congress national president Mallikarjun Kharge in Manipur's capital Imphal and Rahul Gandhi will be covering 14 states including Manipur, Nagaland, Assam, Meghalaya, West Bengal, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, and Maharashtra. Though footmarches would make most part of the journey, it will also include bus rides. 

In a press conference on Wednesday, Congress general secretary KC Venugopal and veteran Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said that Rahul Gandhi raised issues of economic inequality, social polarisation, and authoritarianism during the Bharat Jodo Yatra. By citing that the Bharat Nyay Yatra (Yatra for Justice) will highlight the issue of economic, social, and political injustice, the Congress leaders said that the Congress Working Committee unanimously gave an opinion that Rahul Gandhi should start a yatra from East to West.

While responding to a question why Manipur was chosen as the starting point, Venugopal said that the state is an important part of the north-east region and it was an effort to heal the wounds of the violence-hit state. Jairam Ramesh said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been observing silence on the Manipur crisis for over seven months and starting the yatra from Manipur is a reflection of Congress's concerns and anguish about how the BJP has destroyed the state. Ramesh went on to say that the Bharat Nyay Yatra will begin the process of rebuilding Manipur.