India Jodo Yatra – Rahul Gandhi
– Photo: Amar Ujala
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Rahul Gandhi will start the second phase of Bharat Jodo Yatra from January 3 after visiting Hanuman ji of Delhi’s famous Marghat. After this, via the old iron bridge, the yatra will pass through the areas of Shastri Park, Seelampur, Mustafabad and Gokalpuri, where riots broke out in February 2020 in which 53 people lost their lives. By taking the yatra from the riot-affected area, Rahul Gandhi wants to give a special message of connecting people to all sections, which he has been talking about since the beginning of his yatra.
All senior Congress leaders and workers of Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee will be present on this occasion. Tremendous preparations have been made by the Congress Seva Dal to make the yatra a success. In the middle of the yatra, a program has been made to welcome Rahul Gandhi at various places. During this, Rahul Gandhi will also pay obeisance at the Gurdwara in Seelampur. After Delhi, the yatra will leave for Baghpat and Ghaziabad where leaders of the Uttar Pradesh Congress will welcome the yatra.
The challenge of bringing back the traditional vote bank
The second phase of Rahul Gandhi’s yatra will pass through the riot-affected areas of Delhi and go to western Uttar Pradesh. After this the yatra will go through Punjab to Jammu and Kashmir where it will end. In all these areas, the Congress had been politically very strong for a long time. The Muslim-dominated population and Dalit-backward vote bank in North-East Delhi used to be a major strength of the Congress. In western Uttar Pradesh too, with the help of Muslim majority population and Dalit-backward vote bank, the Congress remained strong in these areas for a long time.
But it had to lose its political power in Delhi and Punjab to the Aam Aadmi Party, while in Uttar Pradesh the political rise of the SP-BSP pulled away its vote bank. Rahul Gandhi has a tough challenge to bring back this traditional vote bank of the party in these areas.
In the recently concluded Municipal Corporation of Delhi elections, the Congress has been seen making a comeback among its traditional vote bank. Despite BJP’s high profile campaign strategy, the party has managed to make a comeback in Himachal Pradesh. Political experts believe that this is a signal from the public to the Congress that if it hits the ground running with grassroots issues, it can get success. Rahul Gandhi’s visit is being seen in this context.
What is the objective?
Congress Seva Dal’s Delhi State President Sunil Kumar told Amar Ujala that riots broke out in North-East Delhi area due to the thinking of some divisive people. People who had been living together for hundreds of years suddenly grew apart. Due to this, both the sides had to bear the loss and people had to lose their lives. He said that the gap still exists in the society, but Rahul Gandhi wants to bridge that gap.
He wants people to come closer to each other and live as they have lived for hundreds of years. This is the reason that this yatra is passing through Delhi riot affected areas. He said that during the yatra, Rahul Gandhi would also meet the riot victims. Since he himself has suffered the brunt of terrorism, he understands the pain of these families and wants to share their pain. The Congress leader said that announcements were made to do a lot for these victim families, but nothing has been done so far. Congress wants to share their pain.