With the sea of people, the Bharat Jodo Yatra captained by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is strongly making its way to its destination. Started this September from Tamil Nadu, this Rahul Gandhi-led national rally is nearing its 100th day and on Sunday, the rally entered the Congress ruling state of Rajasthan.
Interestingly, it was the first time that the rally has entered the Congress ruling state in its over-halfway-through trajectory as it has crossed the states Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, and Madhya Pradesh - neither of them is ruled by Congress. After leaving Madhya Pradesh, the rally entered Rajasthan on Sunday. Rahul Gandhi was joined by Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, senior leader Kamal Nath, and other leaders as he began his first leg of the nationwide tour in the state.
Rahul Gandhi and the yatris were welcomed at Chanwli Chauraha in Rajasthan. After arriving in the state, Rahul Gandhi said that the Bharat Jodo Yatra is teaching him things that he cannot be learnt while travelling in an airplane, a helicopter or any vehicle. The Congress leader addressed the gathering in Jhalawar during which he said he has no hatred in his heart towards the BJP and the RSS, but he will not let them spread hatred in the country.
He said, "It is only after shaking hands with farmers that one understands what they are doing. This cannot be learnt from a helicopter." Slamming the BJP regime at the centre for benefitting a handful of industrialists which he termed as against the interest of the country, Rahul Gandhi stated, "One who does not have fear, will not have hatred. This is what every religion teaches. I want to remove this fear, the fear that BJP has instilled in the hearts of farmers, in traders, and the youth of unemployment."
In the midst of addressing the gathering, Rahul Gandhi held a dance show joined by senior leaders Ashok Gehlot, Kamal Nath, and Sachin Pilot where they took part in a tribal dance and the visual has been going rival. Speaking before the gathering, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said that Rahul has started the most difficult yatra that represents the sentiments of people.
"Unemployment is at a peak, people are suffering because of inflation, unity and harmony should be there but there is an atmosphere of fear and hatred, pressure on judiciary and election commission", Gehlot said. Rahul Gandhi's yatra spent 12 days in Madhya Pradesh, covering 380 kilometers before entering Rajasthan. In Rajasthan, Rahul Gandhi will have an extensive tour for over two weeks.
As per his itinerary, the yatra will be covering a distance of 500 kilometers in Rajasthan - covering Jhalawar, Kota, Bundi, Sawai Madhopur, Dausa, and Alwar districts in 17 days before entering Haryana on December 21. The Congress leader launched his Yatra on September 7, 2022, with the main objective to fight against the politics of fear, bigotry, and prejudice. It was started from Kanyakumari and he will end it in Jammu & Kashmir, covering 3,570 kilometers by walk in 150 days.