Bharat Jodo Yatra's impact to be felt in 2024 Loksabha polls, not in assembly polls: Jairam Ramesh
Jairam Ramesh said that the impact of Bharat Jodo Yatra, if any, would be felt in 2024 elections not in assembly elections of various states including Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.
The impact of Bharat Jodo Yatra led by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will be felt in the next parliamentary elections in 2024 not in assembly elections, the party general secretary in-charge communications Jairam Ramesh said on Tuesday. Talking to the media here today, Jairam Ramesh said that the impact of Bharat Jodo Yatra, if any, would be felt in 2024 elections, and not in assembly elections of various states including Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.
"You will ask, what will be its impact in Gujarat or Himachal polls. It won't have any", he said. "Bharat Jodo Yatra has nothing to do with any vote bank. Its motive is different, beyond politics. This is a yatra of political people against political thieves", he added.
"The Yatra will promote togetherness, it has united our party. Its impact, if any, will be felt in 2024 elections", he added. The Congress leader said a grand public meeting would be held at Shegaon in Maharashtra's Buldhana district during the yatra on November 18. Rahul Gandhi who is leading Bharat Jodo Yatra will be the chief guest in the rally, he added.
In reply to a question, he said Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Udhav Thackeray's faction leaders are already participating in the Bharat Jodo yatra. "NCP and Shiv Sena Udhav Thackeray faction are partners with the Congress Maha Vikas Aghadi alliance in Maharashtra," he said. NCP leaders took part in the Nanded rally, whereas Shiv Sena's Aaditya Thackeray himself participated in the yatra. Another Shiv Sena leader Priyanka Chaturvedi also expressed her willingness to participate in the yatra, he added.
"Bharat Jodo yatra is not a magical stick, you said it and it happened. We want to work on the grassroot level in every state. The election agenda is in hands of leaders of states, MLAs and MPs, do not depend only on Rahul Gandhi," he added. On this occasion, a former Maharashtra minister Yashomati Thakur slammed Shinde government for "misusing" power.
"They are misusing central government agencies ED and all. We are seeing Jitendra Awhad case. It's an unconstitutional government. If we gave money from our pocket who are you to charge us", she added. The Yatra began on September 7 from Kanyakumari. It will end in Kashmir next year.
It is the longest march on foot by any Indian politician in the history of India, the Congress had claimed earlier in a statement. (ANI)
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