Last Updated: January 17, 2023, 19:07 IST
The Jammu and Kashmir administration has granted permission for a mega rally to mark the end result of the Rahul Gandhi-led ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ at Srinagar’s Sher-e-Kashmir Stadium on January 30, a senior Congress chief mentioned on Tuesday.
AICC J-K In-charge Rajni Patil mentioned leaders of 23 political events from throughout the nation and folks from overseas have been anticipated to participate in the rally.
“We have obtained permission from the Jammu and Kashmir administration for the January 30 rally at Sher-e-Kashmir in Srinagar. The yatra’s Jammu and Kashmir leg would be the most profitable with large participation of individuals,” Patil told reporters.
She said the yatra had generated tremendous response from the first day.
The march, which started from Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu on September 7, will conclude with Gandhi hoisting the national flag in Srinagar. It has so far covered Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab.
“The yatra will enter Lakhanpur (in Jammu and Kashmir) from Punjab on Thursday evening. The flag handover ceremony will take place near Maharaja Gulab Singh’s statue between 5.45 pm and 6.15 pm.
“After halting for the night, Gandhi will lead the yatra from Hatli Morh in Kathua from 7 am the next morning,” Patil mentioned.
The rally will attain Jammu on January 23. “We are planning a rally in the town and have utilized for permission from the administration. We are hopeful of getting it as effectively,” the Congress leader said.
She said a Congress delegation met the Additional Director-General of Police on Tuesday and discussed in detail the yatra’s security aspects.
National Conference President Farooq Abdullah, Shiv Sena (UBT) MP Sanjay Raut and leaders of other parties will join the yatra in Lakhanpur, Patil said, adding former minister Lal Singh had also expressed his desire to welcome the yatra.
“National Conference Vice-President Omar Abdullah will join the yatra after it crosses the Banihal tunnel into Kashmir, while People’s Democratic Party chief Mehbooba Mufti has informed that she and her mother and daughter would also join,” she mentioned.
Patil mentioned anybody who believed in Gandhi’s ideology of uniting the nation and the philosophy of the Congress have been welcome to be a part of the yatra.
She mentioned many individuals had expressed reservations in regards to the response to the foot march in Jammu and Kashmir however “I wish to inform them that the yatra will likely be a grand success right here as effectively prefer it generated the response whereas transferring from varied states”.
The Congress leader said Gandhi would leave Jammu for Kashmir on January 24, crossing Udhampur and Ramban towns.
Asked whether the Congress expected any leaders to join the party during the yatra, she said Gandhi had made it clear that the march was apolitical and only meant to unite the country against hatred.
However, the party will inform Gandhi about pressing issues such as the government’s land eviction drive and the demands of Kashmiri Pandits, she added.
Several delegations are also expected to meet Gandhi during the yatra, Patil said. A 40-member delegation from Ladakh will brief the Congress leader about their problems, she added.
Gandhi is also likely to address two press conferences — one each in Jammu and Srinagar.
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