Congress on Sharad Pawar Participating in the Bharat Jodo Yatra: “It Will Depend On…”
Sharad Pawar, the head of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), will participate in the “Bharat Jodo Yatra” in Maharashtra, according to senior Congress leader Ashok Chavan, depending on his health.
The Congress’s “Bharat Jodo Yatra,” which started on September 7 in Kanyakumari, is expected to enter Maharashtra’s Nanded district on Monday night from neighbouring Telangana.
The 81-year-old NCP president, Mr. Pawar, had been invited by the Congress to take part in the march on foot and had already declared his intention to do so.
Mr. Pawar was recently admitted to a hospital in Mumbai due to a fever and other medical problems. The NCP leader spoke briefly before the party convention on Saturday after flying to Shirdi from Mumbai with medical personnel.
On Sunday night in Nanded, Mr. Chavan, a former chief minister, spoke with reporters and said: “Programs run by Sharad Pawar appear to have changed. According to what I’ve learned, he might participate in the yatra on November 10 depending on his health.”
The NCP and the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena faction’s involvement in the yatra would be highlighted by the state Congress leadership as a sign of the Maha Vikas Aghadi’s (MVA) opposition to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Additionally, Mr. Chavan stated that on Monday, the “Bharat Jodo Yatra” headed by prominent Congressman Rahul Gandhi will approach Deglur in Maharashtra’s Nanded district.
According to the itinerary provided by the party, the Congress state unit intends to host a welcoming ceremony for the yatra participants at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj statue in Deglur.
The yatra will continue at night after the welcome ceremony, with the participants carrying “Ekta Mashals” (Unity Torches). After midnight, the marchers will rest at a gurdwara in Deglur before stopping for the night at the Chidravar Mill.
Tuesday morning will mark the return of the yatra.