Congress’ 150-day Bharat Jodo Yatra concluded a week today. From attack on RSS to Rahul Gandhi’s meeting with controversial preacher in Tamil Nadu, here’s how the foot march has gone so far
As Congressional Bharat Jodo Yatra completes a week today, the foot march continues to make headlines.
Congressman Rahul Gandhi kicked off the fourth day of the Kerala stage of the 3,570-kilometer padyatra on Wednesday by paying tribute to social reformer Sree Narayana Guru at Sivagiri Mutt in Thiruvananthapuram.
Sharing photos of the visit, the official congressman tweeted: “As Bharat Jodo Yatra completes his first week today, Rahul Gandhi Sivagiri visited Mutt to pay his respects to revolutionary social reformer Sree Narayana Guru, who empowered millions and was an inspiration to Bapu & Ambedkar Ji.”
While the padyatra has seen a decent turnout, the foot march has been marred with several controversies, including Congress’ attack on RSS, Rahul’s meeting with a controversial preacher in Tamil Nadu, and the BJP targeting Rahul for his “expensive Burberry T.” -shirt’
What controversies have marred the Bharat Jodo Yatra?
Let’s take a closer look:
The inflamed khaki shorts
This is perhaps the largest row of the seven day old Bharat Jodo Yatra.
On September 12, Congress tweeted a photo of burning khaki shorts angering the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
The khaki shorts are synonymous with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
The party captioned the photo: “To free the country from the shackles of hatred and undo the damage done by BJP-RSS. Step by step we will reach our goal.”
The tweet sparked a response from the ruling BJP, who claimed the photo is a “call to violence”.
BJP spokesman Sambit Patra said: “It is not ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ but ‘Bharat Todo’ and ‘Aag Lagao Yatra’.”
“This is not the first time Congress has done this. I want to ask Rahul Gandhi if you want violence in this country? Congress should immediately remove this photo,” he added.
Striking back, Jairam Ramesh, general secretary of the All India Congress Committee (AICC), told communications manager: ANI,,I don’t want to talk about T-shirts, underwear. If they (BJP) want to make an issue about containers, shoes or T-shirts, it shows that they are afraid and can say anything. ‘Jhoot ki factory’ is working overtime on social media.”
Rahul Gandhi and other congressmen spend their nights in containers during the Bharat Jodo Yatra that will cover 12 states and two Union Territories in 150 days.
An argument broke out over a container camp to be set up on September 11 at an agricultural university in Thiruvananthapuram.
After a protest by the student wing of the Kerala CPM and the student wing of the university, Rahul and other Bharat Jodo yatris stayed in a school instead of the containers, ANI reported.
Rahul Gandhi then had an awkward encounter with controversial Catholic priest George Ponnaiah at Muttidichan Parai Church in Puliyoorkurichy in Tamil Nadu, which was seized by BJP.
In a video shared by many saffron party leaders, the former president of Congress can be heard asking, “Jesus Christ is a form of God? Is that right?”
In response, the pastor says, “He is the real God.”
He adds, “God reveals him (himself) as a man, a real person…not like Shakti…so we see a human person.”
Ponniah was arrested in Madurai last July for alleged hate speech against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Interior Minister Amit Shah and other leaders.
BJP leader Amit Malviya attacked Rahul via the video, tweeting: “If he meets a controversial preacher, who is known for his deep-seated disregard for the majority community and their beliefs, Rahul Gandhi’s idea of ’Bharat Jodo, then this Yatra is nothing else then a sham. How can indulgent faith supremacists serve the larger society and bring cohesion?”
Congress accused the BJP of “mischief”.
“A horrible tweet from the BJP hate factory is doing the rounds. It has no relation whatsoever to what is recorded in the audio. This is typical BJP mischief that has become more desperate after the successful launch of Bharat JodoYatra which has elicited such a huge response,” Jairam Ramesh said in a tweet in Hindi.
Rahul’s Burberry T-Shirt
Shortly after the launch of the Yatra at Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu, the BJP targeted Rahul for allegedly wearing a Burberry T-shirt worth Rs 41,000 during the foot march. After his T-shirt, his shoes and watch became a topic of conversation for the ruling saffron party.
Amit Shah also attacked Rahul at a rally in Rajasthan, “Rahul Baba videshi T-shirt pahan kar Bharat jodne nikle hain (Rahul is on his way to unite India with a foreign T-shirt).”
Congress had responded to the BJP by saying that the nation has not forgotten Narendra Modi’s “Rs 10 lakh suit” and has asked the party to refrain from irrelevant talks, the report said. De Telegraaf Online.
Kerala Congress leaders found themselves in a dire situation after Rahul missed the inauguration of a memorial to freedom fighters KE Mammen and P Gopinathan Nair at Neyyatinkara, Thiruvananthapuram.
Although Bharat Jodo Yatra led by Gandhi passed through the place, he did not show up for the inauguration.
Shashi Tharoor, who attended the NIMS hospital along with Kerala PCC President K Sudhakaran for the position, reprimanded Rahul for skipping the event.
“Things like that affect credibility,” Tharoor said, as said Deccan Herald.
Tribute to Swami Vivekananda
Congress lashed out at Union Minister Smriti Irani after she claimed that Rahul Gandhi disrespected Swami Vivekananda before starting the Bharat Jodo Yatra in Kanyakumari.
Today I want to ask the Congress party if you are on a ‘yatra’ to unite India. In any case, don’t be so shameless that you have ignored Swami Vivekananda. But it seems that even such a gesture does not have the approval of Rahul Gandhi,” Irani said in a video in Hindi. Hindu Times.
Debunking Irani’s claim, Congress leader Pawan Khera took a shot at the BJP leader, saying, “What a stupid thing to do! God bless foolish souls.”
He also shared Irani’s clip alongside the ANI tweet in which Rahul paid tribute to the statue of Vivekananda.
The ruling CPM in Kerala has expressed its outrage at Congress’ choice to spend 19 days of Bharat Jodo Yatras in the state.
The left-wing party has questioned why Congress has not allocated more days of the yatra to BJP-ruled states such as Uttar Pradesh or Gujarat.
Rejecting the criticism, former Karnataka chief minister and congress leader Veerappa Moily told: The new UK Time News“It is not an election campaign to travel through Gujarat or Himachal. The goal is to unite people from north to south, regardless of caste, class or religion. It is against the BJP’s divisive policies.”
With input from agencies
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