As Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's national rally 'Bharat Jodo Yatra' has been inviting a significant scale of attention through the presence of prominent figures and celebrities, the Congress leader and his march are all set to welcome yet another influential figure - actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan. Rahul Gandhi's decision to invite Kamal Haasan has drawn a great deal of attention across the country as he nears a key stopover of his march.
Kamal Haasan has been invited to join the yatra in Delhi and on Sunday, Kamal Haasan said that he has accepted the invite and would join the Congress leader in the national capital. While addressing the functionaries of his Makkal Needhi Maiam party in Chennai, Kamal Haasan confirmed the invite and said that he will take part in the Bharat Jodo Yatra in Delhi on December 24.
Speaking to PTI, Makkal Needhi Maiam's spokesperson Murali Appas said that party workers, led by Kamal Haasan, would take part in the Rahul Gandhi-led foot march in Delhi. Notably, it is the first time that a Tamil actor is being invited by Rahul Gandhi to take part in his yatra. 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.
The march will enter Delhi on December 24 and it will have a break for eight days before moving on to Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, and Punjab before finally reaching its destination, Jammu and Kashmir. The yatra resumed from Dausa in Rajasthan on Sunday after a day's break and Rahul Gandhi is joined by Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and thousands of Congress cadres.
Last Friday, the yatra began from Meena Highcourt in Rajasthan with the bang as it has completed 100 days of its total 150 days. Congress general secretary 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."
Rahul Gandhi is expected to reach his destination in February 2023 and as the yatra is preparing to welcome Kamal Haasan, it already had the presence of a slew of prominent leaders including former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan, Siva Sena's Aditya Thackeray, Nationalist Congress Party's Supriya Sule, and celebrities like Swara Bhasker, Pooja Bhatt, Riya Sen, and Akanksha Puri.