From India's southern tip to India's capital, Rahul Gandhi's unprecedented national march 'Bharat Jodo Yatra' is making headlines at every leg of it and after crossing more than half of its itinerary by walk, the Congress leader's rally has lost no strength, thanks to thousands of Congress cadres and of course, thanks to a handful of prominent people whose presence in the yatra has left a mark of significance and takeaway.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's ongoing mass movement began at Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu, on September 7, 2022. With an objective to fight against politics of fear, bigotry, and prejudice, Rahul Gandhi's yatra would cover 3,570 kilometers over 150 days with Jammu and Kashmir as its final destination. Through the walk, Rahul Gandhi will cross twelve states and two Union territories.
Launched by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin on September 7, Rahul Gandhi has crossed Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana and finally, it has reached Delhi on Saturday- December 24. Throughout the stretch from the southern tip to the national capital, Rahul Gandhi's rally gained more attention with the presence of prominent people from celebrities, activists, to changemakers.
At crucial crossovers, Rahul Gandhi's walk with celebrities had shown that these prominent people have apparently jumped on the bandwagon and supported the Congress leader. When Rahul Gandhi reached Hyderabad, actress-filmmaker Pooja Bhatt joined him and walked with him for some distance. Sharing a video with Rahul Gandhi on social media, Bhatt wrote, "In times of hate, dare to love!". In Maharashtra's Buldhana district, Rahul Gandhi welcomed veteran actor Amol Palekar and his wife, writer-filmmaker Sandhya Gokhale. In the viral pictures, Palekar and Rahul Gandhi was seen holding each other's hands.
Popular actor Riya Sen joined Rahul Gandhi in the yatra when it reached Maharashtra's Akola district and the Congress leader had also welcomed actors Akanksha Puri and Rashami Desai. When the yatra reached Maharashtra's Nanded, actor Sushant Singh joined Rahul Gandhi and the former tweeted, "Because I will always stand with love". These celebrities had a rousing welcome from the Congress cadres. Earlier this month, when Rahul Gandhi entered Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh, prominent actor Swara Bhaskar met the Congress leader and walked along with him for a few distance.
Garnering more attention not only from across the country but also from the BJP, the yatra welcomed former Governor of Reserve Bank of India, Raghuram Rajan, who is also a staunch critic of the BJP regime. Rajan joined Rahul Gandhi in the yatra on December 14 in Rajasthan. Sharing the picture with him on Twitter, Rahul Gandhi wrote, "Freedom is the essence of Democracy & Harmony is the foundation of a prosperous Economy. We walk for unity and to secure India's future."
A strong opposer of demonetisation, Raghuram Rajan has blamed the Modi government's political and social agenda for the economic slowdown. He often raised concerns about the Modi government's economic and social policies and said that India's future lies in strengthening liberal democracy and its institutions as it is imperative for achieving economic growth. Later, Rahul Gandhi and Rajan sat together and their conversation had become the talk of the nation with BJP slamming Rajan for taking part in the rally.
Now, on Saturday - December 24, Rahul Gandhi's yatra entered Delhi with a bang and at this key stopover, the yatra gave a stirring welcome to Ulaga Nayagan Kamal Haasan as he took part in the yatra in the national capital. The presence of Kamal Haasan in the yatra had poured more significance and sparked a talking point of whether Kamal Haasan is politically allying with the Congress party. As Bharat Jodo Yatra had reached a key stopover, Kamal Haasan is the first known Tamil actor to take part in the march thousands of miles far from home.
Kamal Haasan has taken part in the yatra with hundreds of cadres from his political party Makkal Needhi Maiam. Joining Rahul Gandhi were the Congress leaders Jairam Ramesh, Pawan Khera, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, and Randeep Surjewala. Later, Priyanka Gandhi had also joined his brother as the marched amidst a sea of people. After crossing Haryana, Bharat Jodo Yatra entered Delhi from Faridabad during the morning hours of Saturday.
Makkal Needhi Maiam shared the picture on Twitter and wrote, "People's leaders - Kamal Haasan and Rahul Gandhi." Taking to Twitter, Kamal Haasan wrote before joining the yatra, "Makkal Needhi Maiam functionaries and I are going to participate in the Bharat Jodo Yatra led by my dear brother Rahul Gandhi to protect India's diversity. As an Indian citizen, my contribution will always be there to save the soil, language, and people. Jai Hind."
Addressing the Bharat Jodo Yatra event in Delhi, Kamal Haasan said, "Many people ask me why I'm here. I'm here as an Indian. My father was a Congressman. I had various ideologies & started my own political party but when it comes to the country, all political party lines have to blur. I blurred that line & came here as Kamal Haasan." Kamal Haasan shared the stage with Congress national president Mallikarjun Kharge and other BJP leaders as he spoke in front of the Red Fort.
Freedom is the essence of Democracy & Harmony is the foundation of a prosperous Economy.— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) December 14, 2022
We walk for unity and to secure India’s future. pic.twitter.com/bsiXLU2ZMf
Swara Bhasker, a star with social commitment and a rare courage to speak truth to power, joined Rahul Gandhi on #BharatJodoYatra today. This historic yatra will be remembered in the name of those who walked in resistance, braving the threats from the ruling fascist forces. pic.twitter.com/JYy7uL2txR— Congress Kerala (@INCKerala) December 1, 2022
Popular actresses Rashmi Desai and Akansha Puri joined Mr. Rahul Gandhi ji in this historic padyatra.— North Chennai Congress Sevadal (@SevadalCHNN) November 19, 2022
Their contribution is very much appreciable. #BharatJodoYatra pic.twitter.com/T6dSnM60VN
Director and writer, Sandhya Gokhale joined the Yatra today along with her husband renowned actor-director Amol Palekar.— Bharat Jodo (@bharatjodo) November 20, 2022
Citizens with the intent to bring a change are coming together from all walks of life.#BharatJodoYatra pic.twitter.com/vBt8ZHLQzO
Actress Riya Sen joined the Congress party's Bharat Jodo Yatra today.— ANI (@ANI) November 17, 2022
Party MP Rahul Gandhi and others resumed the Maharashtra leg of the Yatra today from Patur.
(Pics: AICC) pic.twitter.com/vAalLn4er6
Delhi | Many people ask me why I'm here. I'm here as an Indian. My father was a Congressman. I had various ideologies & started my own political party but when it comes to the country, all political party lines have to blur. I blurred that line & came here: Actor Kamal Haasan pic.twitter.com/nAFyeeK18K— ANI (@ANI) December 24, 2022
மக்கள் தலைவர்கள் - @ikamalhaasan and @RahulGandhi #WeAreFellowCitizens #KamalHaasan #BharatJodoYatra pic.twitter.com/EOgShPhIX6— Makkal Needhi Maiam | மக்கள் நீதி மய்யம் (@maiamofficial) December 24, 2022
Superstar @ikamalhaasan speaking at #BharatJodoYatra, said Many people ask me why I am here - I am here as an Indian. 🇮🇳#JodoJodoDilliJodo #BharatJodoYatraInDelhi#RahulGandhi#रोक_सको_तो_रोक_लो #KamalHaasan pic.twitter.com/3KaAFHZfPq— Netta D'Souza (@dnetta) December 24, 2022