Congress leader Kanhaiya Kumar, who along with party MP Rahul Gandhi has been walking India’s ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ over 3,000 km from Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu, today said Mr Gandhi is able to walk in Delhi’s freezing weather in half. He said he especially loves the sleeved T-shirt as his body has become “evidence” after being subjected to “hate attacks” by the BJP.
“When you go through so many attacks, your body becomes evidence,” he told NDTV.
The message of the Yatra is that if you want to be free from price rise and unemployment in the country, we all have to live together, he said, adding that they hope love will be in our hearts and in the country. .
The grand old party’s Bharat Jodo Yatra, led by Rahul Gandhi, has entered Delhi early from Faridabad in Haryana amid appeals by the union Health Minister to follow Covid protocols. Rahul Gandhi was spotted walking around in a white half-sleeve T-shirt with no winter clothes on.
Senior party leaders including former Congress president Sonia Gandhi, general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Jairam Ramesh, Pawan Khera, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Kumari Selja and Randeep Surjewala joined. Actor-politician Kamal Haasan will also join the march. today’s national capital, along with the families of some freedom fighters.
The BJP’s initial plan was to boycott the yatra, Kanhaiya Kumar said, “but they couldn’t do it when they saw people joining in continuously, as the scope of this yatra is social, political, economic, religious, and a message of goodwill. It attracted all sections of society, such as workers, youth and farmers”, he added.
The BJP reverted to its “old dirty tricks” and started maligning the yatra, Mr. Kumar said. On Covid protocols, he reiterated the party’s line that the yatra will follow all scientific guidelines once issued by the Centre. “Covid is a disease, not an excuse. Don’t make it a political excuse,” he said.
BJP leaders alleged that the yatra is taking a break because Rahul Gandhi will travel abroad to celebrate the New Year, challenging Jairam Ramesh, who said the Congress will apologize, but if not, the Parliamentary Affairs Minister. Pralhad Joshi who made the claim should also do the same.
He said the break is necessary to take care of the vehicles because they will now be going to high altitudes.
Today’s yatra will end at the Red Fort with a three-hour break at the Ashram in the evening. The Congress mega march, which completed 100 days on December 16, will take a nine-day break and resume on January 3 from Delhi.