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Rahul’s Bharat Jodo Yatra To Enter UP By Year End

Not expected to spend a lot of time in UP, Rahul Gandhi led Bharat Jodo Yatra may see party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra joining the movement when in UP.

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The Rahul Gandhi led Bharat Jodo Yatra is expected to enter Uttar Pradesh by the end of 2022. According to sources in the Uttar Pradesh Congress, the party has already been asked to prepare for the UP lap of Rahul’s ongoing movement and ensure maximum participation not just from party workers, but also opposition parties & common public. 

It may be recalled that the ongoing mass movement titled Bharat Jodo Yatra has been orchestrated by the Indian National Congress to not just mobilise the party cadre, but also the general public. It is being led by Rahul Gandhi who is walking by foot from Kanyakumari, which happens to be the southernmost tip of India, to Jammu & Kashmir, covering nearly 3,570 kilometres in about 150 days.  

According to the party functionaries, the yatra is expected to enter UP by the end of this year. “The yatra is expected to touch Rajasthan by 5 December or 7 December, and then is expected to stay for around 15 days. It will then move to UP and then, after touching a few districts here, will move to Haryana,” party’s national spokesperson Surendra Rajput said.  

Sources say that Rahul will not spend much time in UP though, as the party hardly has any major presence here. The yatra is expected to touch districts like Bulandshahr where it will enter from Dausa in Rajasthan, move towards Meerut, Hapur and Saharanpur. Whether it will be moving to Haryana from UP or Delhi will be finalised within a week. The yatra has not touched any poll bound states to avoid any controversy, say Congress functionaries. 

Congress general secretary and in-charge for UP Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is also expected to accompany her brother in UP. Party sources say the feelers have also been sent out to opposition leaders like Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav to join the yatra which aims at “fighting against the politics of fear, bigotry and prejudice and the economics of livelihood destruction, increasing unemployment and growing inequalities”. It was launched by Gandhi and Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin on 7 September 2022.