The Indian National Congress launched the Bharat Jodo Yatra, an ongoing mass movement. Rahul Gandhi, the Congress leader, is orchestrating the movement by mobilizing the party cadre and general public to walk 3,570 kilometers over 150 days from Kanyakumari, the peninsula’s southern tip, to the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
The motive behind the Padyatra
On September 7, 2022, Gandhi and Tamil Nadu chief minister M. K. Stalin launched a campaign to combat the politics of “fear, bigotry, and prejudice,” as well as the economics of livelihood destruction, rising unemployment, and growing inequalities.
Padyatra visited eight states in 100 days: Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan.
A large number of celebrities joined the Yatra
Citizens, including several celebrities, have responded enthusiastically to the rally. On December 1, Bollywood actor Swara Bhasker joined Rahul Gandhi on his Bharat Jodo Yatra in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh. Pooja Bhatt, an actor, and filmmaker, also joined the yatra in Hyderabad on December 2. Onir, a national award-winning film director, also participated in the Maharashtra Yatra. Actors Rashmi Desai, and Akanksha Puri along with Bollywood actor Sushant Singh joined Rahul Gandhi for the Yatra.
Bharat Jodo Yatra arrives in Delhi
The Congress’s Bharat Jodo Yatra, led by Rahul Gandhi, will cover approximately 23 kilometers in Delhi, beginning at the Badarpur border where it enters the city from Haryana and ending at Red Fort, with a two-hour break at Ashram in the afternoon.
It will pass through Nizamuddin, India Gate, the International Trade Centre, Delhi Gate, and Daryaganj.
After passing through Delhi for a day, the yatra will rest for about nine days before resuming on January 3.
As the yatra approached the city, traffic in southeast Delhi was disrupted. On December 23, the Delhi traffic police issued a warning to commuters about the routes that the yatra was expected to affect.