The Maharashtra leg of the Bharat Jodo Yatra begins.

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The Maharashtra leg of the Bharat Jodo Yatra begins.

Rahul Gandhi, the yatra’s organiser, launched it in Maharashtra at 7:30 a.m. from a gurudwara in Nanded before stopping after travelling around five kilometres.

After the south India portion of the Congress party’s largest public outreach in years was finished on Tuesday, the Maharashtra leg of the Kanyakumari to Kashmir Bharat Jodo Yatra got underway. Before entering Madhya Pradesh, the yatra’s participants would travel 382 kilometres through Maharashtra over the course of 14 days.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi at a Guru Nanak Jayanti programme in Nanded. (PTI)

Rahul Gandhi, the yatra’s organiser, started his journey in Maharashtra at 7:30 am from a gurudwara in Nanded and ended it after about five kilometres. The yatra will begin at 3 p.m. from Khatgaon Phata and continue for around 10 kilometres before coming to a conclusion at Bhopala. Gandhi will present at a neighbouring gathering.

On the day of the celebrations for Guru Nanak’s birth, Gandhi and other prominent Congress leaders prayed at the gurudwara. Outside the gurudwara, Congress workers gathered and chanted national anthems.

Thousands of people had assembled before Gandhi arrived in Maharashtra to greet him. At Deglur, where Gandhi gave a brief speech, Telangana Congress head Revanth Reddy, who was carrying a torch, gave it to his Maharashtra counterpart, Nana Patole.

His yatra, he claimed, has been going for two months and won’t end till it reaches Srinagar. There is no stopping this yatra. Only once Srinagar has raised the tricolour will we call it a conclusion, he said. Gandhi claimed he started the yatra to combat the spread of violence, bigotry, and hatred in the nation.

He criticised Narendra Modi, the prime minister, for rising unemployment and inflation. I’ll be in Maharashtra for 14 days to learn about the issues affecting the locals.

 

 

 

 

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