Congress expects big gains in 2024 as Rahul Gandhi mobilizes party leaders & cadre

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi with 93-year-old Lilabai Chitale during the party's Bharat Jodo Yatra, at Patur, in Akola on Thursday. Lilabai Chitale went to jail in 1942 as she participated in the Quit India Movement of 1942. She joined the Bharat Jodo Yatra from Balapur (ANI)

Bharat Jodo Yatra

It is the longest march on foot by any Indian politician in the history of India and getting support from various political parties and social organizations

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The impact of Bharat Jodo Yatra led by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will be felt in the next parliamentary elections in 2024 not in assembly elections, the party general secretary in-charge communications Jairam Ramesh said on Tuesday.

Talking to the media, Ramesh said that the impact of Bharat Jodo Yatra, if any, would be felt in 2024 elections, and not in assembly elections of various states including Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. “You will ask, what will be its impact in Gujarat or Himachal polls. It won’t have any”, he said.

“Bharat Jodo Yatra has nothing to do with any vote bank. Its motive is different, beyond politics. This is a yatra of political people against political thieves”, he added. “The Yatra will promote togetherness; it has united our party. Its impact, if any, will be felt in 2024 elections”, he added.

Meanwhile, Mahatma Gandhi’s great-grandson Tushar Gandhi on Thursday said that he would join Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra on Friday in Maharashtra’s Shegaon. Sharing a picture of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawahar Lal Nehru on Facebook, Tushar Gandhi said that he would join Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra tomorrow in Shegaon. “Now I am on my way to Shegaon to join Rahul Gandhi in the Bharat Jodo Yatra tomorrow. A photograph of both our ancestors together in Sevagram,” he wrote.

The Bharat Jodo Yatra is currently in its Maharashtra leg. The Yatra has already covered parts of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana before entering Maharashtra. Rahul Gandhi will travel through 15 Assembly and 6 Parliamentary Constituencies in Five districts of Maharashtra and would cover a distance of 382 Kms.

Bharat Jodo Yatra, which began on September 7 from Kanyakumari, will cover a further distance of 2,355 km in its 3,570-km march. It will end in Kashmir next year. It is the longest march on foot by any Indian politician in the history of India, the Congress claimed earlier in a statement. Bharat Jodo Yatra is getting support from various political parties and social organizations across the country and the response is increasing day by day.


On the 19th of November, on the occasion of Indira Gandhi Jayanti, the Bharat Jodo Yatra will see the participation of Women only, said Ramesh, on Thursday. “On 19 November, Indira Gandhi Jayanti, only women will walk with Rahul Gandhi. The whole day women will walk alongside Rahul Gandhi,” Speaking about the event, the Congress’s General Secretary Jairam Ramesh confirmed.


Notably, Congress MP Rahul Gandhi earlier paid tribute to his grandmother and former Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi on her death anniversary on the 31st of October, 2022. He took to Twitter and said he would not let her “sacrifice for the country go in vain”.


It is the longest march on foot by any Indian politician in the history of India, the Congress claimed earlier in a statement. Bharat Jodo Yatra is getting support from various political parties and social organizations across the country and the response is increasing day by day.

While the Rahul Gandhi-led ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’, which got rolling from Kanyakumari on September 7, is still in Maharashtra, the one launched parallelly by the state Congress in Assam on November 1 saw thousands of leaders and workers massing in state capital Guwahati on Thursday.


Drawing inspiration from the Rahul-led nationwide march, which has already covered several states, the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) launched its own ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ with the aim of covering an 834 kms across the state over 70 days. Congress’s Assam march kicked off from Golakganj in the Dhubri district, along the Assam-West Bengal border, towards Sadiya district on the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border.

As the march rolled into Guwahati on Thursday, it was joined by thousands of Congress leaders and workers, including APCC president Bhupen Kumar Borah, AICC general secretary Jitendra Singh, Congress MPs Gaurav Gogoi, Pradyut Bordoloi and Abdul Khaleque, along with party MLAs Rakibul Hussain, Rekibuddin Ahmed, Nandita Das, Sibamoni Borah and Jakir Hussain Sikdar.

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