Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is set to embark on a yatra connecting the northeastern and western parts of the country with an eye on next year’s national elections. Mr Gandhi will begin his ‘Bharat Nyay Yatra’ from January 14, a 6,200-km tour from Manipur to Mumbai.
The yatra, set to conclude on March 20 ahead of the elections, is dubbed as the second and East-West phase of his north-south Bharat Jodo Yatra last year that was credited by the party for its election victories in two southern states.
The BJP, however, took a jibe at the Congress announcement and said the people had rejected the idea of Bharat Jodo Yatra.
Mr Gandhi will cover 14 states and 85 districts during the ‘Bharat Nyay Yatra’, which will be flagged off by Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge in Imphal.
Manipur, Nagaland, Assam, Meghalaya, West Bengal, Bihar, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra will be among the states he will cover. This will include stretches of bus rides as well as footmarches.
The Nyay Yatra will be for securing economic, social and political justice for the people of the country, the Congress said.
On choosing violence-hit Manipur as the starting point, the Congress said the party wanted to begin the process of healing the wounds of people.
‘Duplicity In Approaches’
The BJP said the people cannot be fooled by coining some slogans.
“The people of India had clearly rejected the idea of Bharat Jodo Yatra because Rahul Gandhi and the Congress cannot have duplicity in these approaches. They think the people of India can be fooled by coining some slogans,” said BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli.
The “real nyay (justice)” is being delivered by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government since 2014, he added.