Kerala: Congress MP Rahul Gandhi participates in a snake boat race in Punnamada lake
Amid his ongoing Bharat Jodo Yatra, Congress MP Rahul Gandhi participated in a snake boat race exhibition in the Punnamada lake in Kerala on Monday.
Amid his ongoing Bharat Jodo Yatra, Congress MP Rahul Gandhi participated in a snake boat race exhibition in the Punnamada lake in Kerala on Monday. Rahul Gandhi was seen vigourously rowing the boat along with other men and had a smile at the end as he wiped his face.
Gandhi took to Twitter and said, "When we all work together in perfect harmony, there is nothing we cannot accomplish". Earlier in the day, the Congress leader interacted with fishermen at Vadackal beach in Kerala's Alappuzha and discussed the challenges faced by them. Today is the 2th day of his party's Bharat Jodo Yatra.
The Wayanad MP held discussions about the rising fuel costs, reduced subsidies, dwindling fish stock, inadequate educational opportunities, and environmental destruction among other issues. "At 6 am, Rahul Gandhi interacted with fisherfolk at Vadackal beach in Alappuzha on their challenges--rising fuel costs, reduced subsidies, dwindling fish stock, lack of social welfare & pensions, inadequate educational opportunities, and environmental destruction," Congress leader Jairam Ramesh informed in a tweet.
The Yatra is in its Kerala leg and would traverse through the state for the next 12 days. The 3,500-km march from Kanyakumari to Kashmir will be completed in 150 days and cover as many as 12 states. From Kerala, the Yatra will traverse through the state for the next 18 days, reaching Karnataka on September 30. It will be in Karnataka for 21 days before moving north. The Padyatra (march) will cover a distance of 25 km every day.
Meanwhile, the Yatra was mired in controversy after a video surfaced of local Congress leaders allegedly extorting donations from a vegetable vendor in Kollam, Kerala. A vegetable shopkeeper was allegedly threatened by Congress workers in Kollam for not contributing Rs 2,000 towards the collection of funds for the Bharat Jodo Yatra. According to Congress, the Bharat Jodo Yatra is being held to combat the divisive politics of the BJP-led Centre and to awaken the people of the country to the dangers of economic inequalities, social polarisation, and political centralization.
Rahul Gandhi said that the spirit of the Bharat Jodo Yatra is to bring Indians together irrespective of religion, and community and remind them that this is one country and it will be successful if we stand together and are respectful towards each other. The Yatra includes Padayatras, rallies, and public meetings which will be later attended by the senior Congress leaders including Sonia Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.
The Congress suffered a debacle in the assembly polls held earlier this year and the Yatra is seen as an attempt to rally the party rank and file for the upcoming electoral battles. (ANI)
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