Last Updated: January 20, 2023, 12:30 IST
Braving winter rains, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi began his Bharat Jodo Yatra from Hatli Morh in this border district of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday with a number of outstanding leaders, together with Shiv Sena (UBT’s) Sanjay Raut additionally becoming a member of the foot march.
Gandhi donned a black raincoat over a white T-shirt. The yatra was scheduled to start out at 7 am however was delayed by an hour and fifteen minutes apparently because of the inclement climate.
The march, which began from Kanyakumari on September 7, entered Jammu and Kashmir from Punjab on Thursday night and is scheduled to finish in Srinagar on January 30.
Several Congress leaders, together with the celebration’s Jammu and Kashmir unit president Vikar Rasool Wani and his predecessor G A Mir, accompanied Gandhi through the closing leg of the Bharat Jodo Yatra.
Shiv Sena (UBT) chief Sanjay Raut mentioned, “I’ve come to affix the Yatra on behalf of my celebration. The ambiance in the nation is altering quick and I’m seeing Gandhi as a pacesetter who’s elevating his voice on actual points.” “The way people are connecting with this yatra is heartwarming. He is a leader and that is why he is on the roads. The people will choose (who would be their leader), he added.
The march entered Jammu and Kashmir through Lakhanpur on Thursday and halted there for the night following the flag handover ceremony which was attended by a galaxy of prominent leaders including National Conference president Farooq Abdullah.
A tight security ring, comprising of police and CRPF personnel, was thrown around Gandhi as he started walking along with his supporters despite the rains which lashed wide parts of Jammu and Kashmir since early on Friday morning.
Many Congress activists and supporters carrying tricolours turned up a couple of hours before the start of the yatra which will cover 25 km before halting at Chadwal in the Kathua district for the night. There will be no march on Saturday.
Youngsters carrying placards and garlands were seen waiting at different places along the Jammu-Pathankot National highway where the yatra is scheduled to pass.
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