Mehbooba Mufti joins the Bharat Jodo Yatra in Awantipora, organised by Rahul Gandhi
Mehbooba Mufti, the leader of the People Democratic Party (PDP), marched alongside Rahul Gandhi, the leader of the Congress, in the last hours of the “Bharat Jodo Yatra” on Saturday in the Awantipora region of Jammu and Kashmir. Gandhi and Mufti can be seen walking together in a video posted by the news organisation ANI.
Omar Abdullah, a former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir and a prominent member of the National Conference, joined the march on Friday morning from the Banihal neighbourhood in the Ramban region of the union territory. On both sides of the Banihal-Novyog tunnel, a number of party members had lined up to greet and applaud their leader.
Following its cancellation on Friday due to a purported “major security breach” and “inadequate arrangements by the Jammu and Kashmir police,” the foot march resumed from Chersoo village in Awantipora.
On Saturday, Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge asked Union Home Minister Amit Shah to personally become involved in the alleged security breakdown. Kharge urged Shah to inform those in charge of providing security for the Rahul Gandhi-led foot march in a letter to the union home minister.
#WATCH | Congress party's Bharat Jodo Yatra resumes from Awantipora, Jammu & Kashmir. PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti joins Rahul Gandhi in the yatra.
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— ANI (@ANI) January 28, 2023
“We anticipate a sizable turnout for the yatra over the next two days as well as the event on January 30 in Srinagar. The conclusion celebration, which will be conducted on January 30, will be attended by many top Congress leaders as well as leaders of other significant political parties, Kharge wrote in the letter.
I would appreciate it if you could personally step in on this problem and advise the concerned officials to provide proper protection up until the conclusion of the yatra and the function on January 30 in Srinagar, he continued.
The Bharat Jodo Yatra of the Congress party started on September 7 in Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu, and will end on January 30 in Srinagar. Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, and Punjab have all been visited so far by the Yatra. The march’s last stage is currently taking place in Jammu and Kashmir and will end on January 30 with a celebration in Srinagar.