The Bharat Jodo Yatra led by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi enters its 15th day on Thursday and will enter Kerala’s Thrissur district this evening.
Kochi: The Bharat Jodo Yatra led by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi enters its 15th day on Thursday and will enter Kerala’s Thrissur district this evening.
Congress party leaders and workers at the Parambayam Juma Masjid in Kochi today joined Gandhi as he resumed his yatra. On Wednesday, the ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ hit a controversy after a picture of RSS ideologue Vinayak Damodar Savarkar along with other freedom fighters appeared on a poster meant to welcome Congress party leaders in Kerala.
As pictures of the banner with Savarkar’s picture went viral on the internet, the BJP said that Rahul Gandhi is well aware of Savarkar’s “pictures adorning the banner of Congress’ Bharat Jodo Yatra”. However, the Congress termed it as a typographical error and said immediate action was taken against the local leader while a detailed inquiry was underway.
The banner features Savarkar’s photo among the photographs of freedom fighters such as Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Govind Ballabh Pant and Chandrasekhar Azadvent.
Reacting to the mistake, the Congress alleged that a BJP-RSS figure deliberately tampered with the banner and said it would investigate the matter. After embarrassment and criticism from the BJP, the party acted quickly and Savarkar’s picture was covered with that of Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi on the ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ campaign poster.
Interestingly, the Congress has always criticized Savarkar, claiming that he apologized to the British instead of fighting them.
Earlier on Wednesday, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi accused the BJP-led government of favoring big business and hit out at billionaire industrialist Gautam Adani, saying “they can monopolize any business in the country”.
“He can monopolize any business he wants in the country. He can buy any airport and port. He can dominate agriculture, energy and solar business. Who pays him to build this business? It comes from public sector banks, it is your money, said Rahul Gandhi.
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Addressing a public meeting at Paravoor Junction in Aluva, Kochi during a break in the Bharat Jodo Yatra, Rahul Gandhi took a swipe at Gautam Adani, saying the second richest man on the planet is from India and asked “Who pays him? To build a business.”
On Wednesday, Gandhi began the yatra by paying homage to spiritual leader Shri Narayan Guru.
“An inspiring start to the day. Paying my respects to the great spiritual leader, philosopher and social reformer, Shri Narayan Guru whose teachings of equality are the key to the idea of #BharatJodoyatra,” Gandhi tweeted.
The 3,500 km journey from Kanyakumari to Kashmir will be completed in 150 days and will cover 12 states. The yatra from Kerala will travel through the state for the next 18 days and reach Karnataka on September 30. She will be in Karnataka for 21 days before heading north. The walk (march) will cover a distance of 25 km per day.
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