Following his earlier Bharat Jodo Yatra, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is set to initiate a similar public outreach initiative originating in the northeastern state of Manipur. Named as the 'Bharat Nyay Yatra', the journey is slated to commence on January 14 and conclude in Mumbai on March 20, as revealed by Congress General Secretary (Organisation) K C Venugopal on Wednesday.
KC Venugopal, addressing a press conference on Wednesday, said, “This Yatra will cover a distance of 6,200 kms. It travels the states including Manipur, Nagaland, Assam, Meghalaya, West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Chattisgarh, UP, MP, Rajasthan, Gujarat and finally Maharashtra. The mode of yatra is through the bus."
Yatra to cover 14 states and 85 districts
“This Yatra is going to interact with youth, women and marginalised people," he added.
During the 65-day march, Gandhi is expected to cover a distance of 6,200 km, spanning across 14 states and 85 districts, as stated by the Congress leader.
In contrast to the Bharat Jodo Yatra, the current outreach initiative will be conducted using a bus.
“Bus yatra allows maximum access to the people on the way,” Venugopal said. He then went on to add that the yatra will include “short stretches of walking every now and then”.
Rahul's earlier Bharat Jodo Yatra
Gandhi embarked on the Bharat Jodo Yatra, spanning 4,500 km over 150 days, commencing from Kanyakumari on September 6 of the previous year. Congress party leaders had persistently urged Gandhi to initiate another yatra. During the last Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting on December 21, the working committee unanimously implored Gandhi to organize a new yatra. During the meeting, Gandhi expressed his commitment to fulfill the party's wishes, stating that he would undertake whatever the party deemed necessary.