Bharat Jodo Yatra seems to be resonating with the masses and building bridges. At least, this is what the Congress would like to tell you. Visuals have shown more and more people joining the 3,570-kilometre-long, 150-day padyatra, with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi leading from the front.
The Congress has been trying to get noted “like-minded” people from various walks of life to join the Bharat Jodo Yatra whose stated goal is to “unite the religiously polarised country”.
But, the grand old party essentially looks to use this massive mass-contact programme to address its existential crisis triggered by the exits of top leaders (the latest being Ghulam Nabi Azad), dissent, infighting (Rajasthan is a case in point) and a string of poll defeats.
Since it kicked off from Kanyakumari on September 7, the yatra has so far covered Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Telangana, Maharashtra, and Madhya Pradesh before entering Rajasthan. The march will enter Haryana on December 21.
Apart from the commoners, many noted personalities have walked with Rahul Gandhi apparently to express their solidarity with the cause. Let’s take a look at a few of them:
Former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan showed his support for the Bharat Jodo Yatra as he joined it on Wednesday. For a brief period, a visibly smiling Rajan was seen walking with Rahul Gandhi in the yatra.
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Actor-filmmaker Pooja Bhatt briefly participated in the Congress-led march in Hyderabad on November 2. She shared pictures and videos from her walk on Instagram, where she was seen joining Rahul Gandhi during the walk and shaking hands with him and other members of the party.
Bollywood actress Swara Bhasker walked with Rahul Gandhi during the yatra in Ujjain on December 1. She took to Twitter to voice her support for the Congress. She appreciated the warmth of the common people.
Actor Sushant Singh joined the Bharat Jodo Yatra with Rahul Gandhi in Maharashtra’s Nanded on November 10 and said, “path of love, harmony difficult.”
Rashmi Desai and Akanksha Puri
Elated with participating in the Rahul Gandhi-led Bharat Jodo Yatra, actresses like Rashmi Desai and Akanksha Puri showed immense interest by holding the hands of Rahul Gandhi during the walk.
Veteran actor Amol Palekar and wife Sandhya Gokhale joined Rahul Gandhi in Buldhana district, on the last day of Bharat Jodo Yatra in Maharashtra, on November 20.
Riya Sen joined the Bharat Jodo Yatra in Maharashtra’s Akola district and walked with leader Rahul Gandhi.
Even though not physically participating in the walk, many noted personalities took to social media to express why the yatra assumed importance.
One among them was actor-producer Prakash Raj, who tweeted stating: “As a citizen of our country I support #BharatJodoYatra .. let’s stand united against #hate.”
After the recent glorious victory of the Congress in Himachal Pradesh, the spirit of the yatris has apparently increased. Though the losses in the Gujarat polls and Delhi’s municipal election remain a concern.
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