Rahul Gandhi’s rechristened ‘Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra’ to travel through Arunachal, spend most time in UP | India News

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NEW DELHI: Congress on Thursday said it has decided to retain the ‘Bharat Jodo’ branding in the next phase of Rahul Gandhi’s East to West cross-country tour beginning January 14, and added that the rechristened ‘Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra’ from Manipur to Mumbai will raise the pitch for social, economic and political justice for the people of India.
The route of the 6700 km yatra was announced following a three-hour meeting chaired by Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge, where sources said the yatra’s publicity and operations Incharges Srivatsa YB and KB Byju made presentations to a gathering of AICC general secretaries and secretaries, including former party chief Rahul Gandhi.
Congress’ communications chief Jairam Ramesh said the Yatra will travel through 110 districts and 100 Lok Sabha segments across 15 states including Arunachal Pradesh, added to the route after ironing out security concerns. Ramesh also said all leaders of the Indian National Inclusive Developmental Alliance (INDIA) bloc, and civil society organisations, have been invited to join the yatra along its route.
Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra will spend 11 days in Uttar Pradesh, covering over 1000 km and cutting across Amethi, Rae Bareli, Varanasi, Prayagraj and parts of West UP including Bareilly and Aligarh.
Spread over 66 days starting on January 14from Imphal, Ramesh said Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra will be as impactful and transformative as the first edition of the foot-march from Kanyakumari to Kashmir.
Explaining the rechristening of the yatra, Ramesh said the idea of ‘Nyay’ is contained in the Indian constitution and resonates with Rahul Gandhi’s focus on the issues of rising inequality, growing social polarisation, increasing political tyranny and authoritarianism.
“The idea of the Yatra is justice. But everyone unanimously said we should combine the two… Nyay is the objective of the yatra,” he said.
Set to start from Manipur, the Yatra will travel to Nagaland before entering Assam, where it is scheduled to cover over 800 kms in 8 days, including a a boat-ride cutting across the Brahmaputra from Jorhat to Majuli island.
The yatra will also travel to Meghalaya, West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha,and Chhattisgarh before entering UP where it will spend the most time. The Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra will also travel through Madhya Pradesh, covering 698 km and nine districts, Rajasthan, and Gujarat before entering Maharashtra where it will cover 479 km and conclude in Mumbai on March 20 or 21.



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