‘Promise fulfilled’: Grand finale of Rahul’s Bharat Jodo Yatra at Srinagar’s Lal Chowk | A recap

In five months, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra covered 12 states and two Union Territories. As the yatra ends with its final lap in Jammu and Kashmir, here’s a look at top points from the cross-country foot march.

New Delhi,UPDATE: Jan 30, 2023 13:25 IST

Rahul Gandhi Bharat Jodo Yatra

Rahul Gandhi’s ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’, which was launched on September 7 last year in Kanyakumari, traversed 12 states and two Union Territories.

By Anuja Jha: From Kanyakumari to Jammu and Kashmir, after covering a distance of over 4,000 km, the Rahul Gandhi-led Bharat Jodo Yatra ended today. On the last day of the yatra, Rahul Gandhi unfurled the Tricolor at the Lal Chowk City Center in Srinagar, a move mirroring Jawaharlal Nehru hoisting the national flag at the same spot 75 years back.

Taking to Twitter, Rahul Gandhi said he had fulfilled his promise to India after he unfurled the flag at Lal Chowk. He was accompanied by Congress leaders Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Randeep Surjewala as well as several party workers.

Here’s a recap of Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra

  • The yatra started in Kanyakumari on September 7 and ended on January 29 in Jammu and Kashmir. The last day saw Rahul Gandhi unfurling the Tricolor at Lal Chowk. The place and event holds significance as 75 years ago, India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru hoisted the national flag for the first time at Lal Chowk in Srinagar. Congress leader Jairam Ramesh tweeted a photo of the two events.

  • The yatra covered 12 states and two Union Territories in less than five months. The yatra traversed Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, and Jammu and Kashmir.

    Rahul Gandhi during Bharat Jodo Yatra in Delhi. (PTI photo)
    Rahul Gandhi with Priyanka Gandhi Vadra during the Bharat Jodo Yatra in Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh. (PTI Photo)
  • Several top political leaders walked alongside Rahul Gandhi during the Congress’s Bharat Jodo Yatra. PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti and Jammu and Kashmir National Conference leader Omar Abdullah joined Rahul Gadhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra during its final lap in Jammu and Kashmir.

    Veteran actor and MKM chief Kamal Haasan joined Rahul Gandhi-led Congress’s ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ in New Delhi. In Maharashtra, Shiv Sena (Uddhav) leader Aaditya Thackeray joined Rahul Gandhi.

    Back in September last year, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK leader attended the launch of the Bharat Jodo Yatra from Gandhi Mandapama in Kanyakumari.

  • Many noted personalities walked with Rahul Gandhi during the Bharat Jodo Yatra. The list includes former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan, actor-filmmaker Pooja Bhatt, Bollywood actor Swara Bhasker, actor Sushant Singh, actors Rashmi Desai and Akanksha Puri.

    Several eminent personalities lent support to Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra.
  • During the time Rahul Gandhi led the Bharat Jodo Yatra across India, state Assembly polls were held in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. In Gujarat, the Congress was decimated. In 2022 Gujarat Assembly polls, Congress won just 17 seats with 27 percent of the votes, while in 2017, it won 77 seats and received 41 percent votes.

    Meanwhile, in Himachal, after a neck-to-neck battle, the Congress wrested power from the BJP, winning 40 seats in the 68-member Assembly.

  • The January edition of the Mood of the Nation poll looked at how the Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra was perceived by the people. The survey found that 37 percent of respondents believed that the yatra created a buzz, but would not help them Congress wins elections.

    The survey revealed that 29 per cent of those who were sampled perceived the Bharat Jodo Yatra to be a great exercise for mass connection, while 13 per cent thought of it as yet another ‘re-branding’ exercise for Rahul Gandhi. Meanwhile, nine percent of the respondents seemed to think that the Bharat Jodo Yatra would make no difference for the Congress.

  • Throughout the yatra, the BJP and the Congress traded barbs over issues including Rahul Gandhi’s Burberry T-shit and his beard. The BJP attacked Rahul Gandhi for wearing a Burberry T-shirt is allegedly worth Rs 41,000. The Congress responded with a “Rs 10 lakh suit” jibe directed at Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

    In Tamil Nadu, the BJP accused the Congress of being anti-Hindu over Rahul Gandhi’s meeting with a controversial Christian priest.

    Rahul Gandhi’s full grown gray beard also became the reason for a war of words between the two parties after Assam Chief Minister and BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the former Congress chief had started looking like the late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. This drew a rebuke from the Congress which said he sounded like a “troll”.

    Apart from this, the yatra was also marred by several casualties. Congress MP Santokh Singh Chaudhary died following a cardiac arrest during the Punjab leg. A Congress Seva Dal functionary died after collapsing in Nanded in Maharashtra. Besides, a 62-year-old man from Tamil Nadu died and another person from that state was injured after being hit by a truck in Nanded when they were participating in the Congress’ foot march.

(With inputs from PTI)

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