Rahul Gandhi Congress Leaders Begin 'Bharat Jodo Yatra' From Kanyakumari

Rahul Gandhi, the head of the Congress, and other party leaders left for the “Bharat Jodo Yatra” on Thursday, starting the problematic trip the party hopes to connect with its supporters and revitalize its structure.

Before the padayatra began, Rahul Gandhi raised the country’s flag at the camp of the Bharat Yatris, who would travel with him over the 3,570-kilometer route from Kanyakumari to Kashmir.

Along with 118 other “Bharat Yatris” and other party officials from across the nation, Mr. Gandhi started the padayatra from Agasteeswaram.

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On Wednesday, Mr. Gandhi announced the beginning of the party’s extensive “Bharat jodo” Yatra, saying that he would not allow hatred to win over his nation and accusing the BJP-RSS of attempting to create religious divisions.

Sonia Gandhi, the party’s leader, called the march a “landmark moment” and expressed optimism that it would aid the troubled party’s recovery ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.

The march would pass through 12 states and two Union Territories in around five months.

The march will go in two groups from 7 am to 10:30 am and from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Few people will attend the morning session, but there will be a large turnout for the evening session.

The participants want to walk 22–23 kilometers every day. Women make up around 30% of “Bharat Yatris.” Bharat Yatris are 38 years old on average.

A total of 50,000 people have signed up to take part in the Yatra.

On September 11, the Yatra will arrive in Kerala. Over the following 18 days, it will travel across the state, arriving in Karnataka on September 30. Before traveling farther north, it will spend 21 days in Karnataka.

Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Nilambur, Mysuru, Bellary, Raichur, Vikarabad, Nanded, Jalgaon, Indore, Kota, Dausa, Alwar, Bulandshahr, Delhi, Ambala, Pathankot, Jammu, and Srinagar would all be included in its route.