Bharat Jodo Yatra: Congress appoints 3 coordinators for Kashmir leg

Yatra is scheduled to enter Kashmir on January 20, with former J&K CMs Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah expected to join in

NEW DELHI | Updated: 10 January, 2023 1:52 am IST
Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi is leading the Bharat Jodo Yatra

With the Congress’ 3,570 km long Bharat Jodo Yatra all set to enter Jammu and Kashmir on January 20, the party has appointed three coordinators in the union territory, including party MLA Jitu Patwari.

In an official communication, Congress general secretary KC Venugopal said that the AICC has deputed Patwari, Kamleshwar Patel and Chetan Chauhan to coordinate the Bharat Jodo Yatra in Jammu and Kashmir with immediate effect.

Venugopal said that they would work under the supervision of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh in-charge Rajani Patil.

The Bharat Jodo Yatra, which started from Tamil Nadu’s Kanyakumari on September 7, has passed through nine states and one union territory in the last 114 days.

The yatra has passed through Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana and Delhi.

On January 10, the yatra will enter Punjab and then Himachal Pradesh for a day on January 19. The yatra will enter Kashmir on January 20, as per the schedule. Rajasthan MLA Sachin Pilot is scheduled to join the yatra in Punjab on Tuesday morning in Fatehgarh Sahib district.

Last week, 17 party leaders, who had switched to the Democratic Azad Party floated by former party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, joined back in Congress. The move gives the party a huge boost ahead of the yatra in Kashmir.

Meanwhile, former Jammu and Kashmir chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti confirmed their participation in the yatra once it arrived in Kashmir.

The yatra will conclude in Kashmir’s Srinagar on January 30 after hoisting the national flag.

Rahul Gandhi spearheaded the yatra and interacted with several groups during his journey from Kanyakumari.

While Gandhi has been espousing the cause of farmers throughout his yatra, it appears that Congress might face the daunting task of connecting with the farmers of Punjab, where the protest against the now-withdrawn farm laws was first launched in 2020.

It is learnt that the chief of Kisan Congress, the party’s farmer wing, Sukhpal Singh Khaira is yet to form his committee. Khaira has been running to the offices of general secretaries in Delhi to form his committee.

According to party sources, Khaira had sent the list of the committee to the general secretary (organisation) Venugopal on December 30, saying that if the names were announced before the yatra reached Punjab, a good message would go to the farmers of Punjab.

“However, the yatra is reaching Punjab tomorrow, but till now the list is lying on the table of the General Secretary,” the source added.

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