The congress marked the beginning of Rahul Gandhi’s ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ in Jammu and Kashmir, criticizing the central government’s decision to revoke the old nation’s special status, calling it a “severe insult” important” to the people in the region.
The statement was made by the senior leader of Parliament Jairam Ramesh, who has called for the status of Jammu and Kashmir to be restored, saying it is the least that the BJP-led government in the center can do to Revision.
“I think Jammu and Kashmir must be restored to full status at the earliest. That’s the least we can do. What was done on August 5, 2019 is a serious insult to with the people of Jammu and Kashmir, who have been attached to India for decades,” said Ramesh, Parliamentary Secretary-General in charge of communications.
Mr. Ramesh also pointed out that special status is not limited to Jammu and Kashmir, as there are several states in India that enjoy special status under Article 371 of the Constitution.
Due to security concerns, a significant portion of the yatra in Jammu and Kashmir will be completed by bus. The parade begins in September from the southernmost point of the country in Kanyakumari and has covered about 3,400 kilometers in 125 days.
“Because of the cold weather, terrain and security, a large part of the journey from Jammu to Srinagar will be done by bus. But at least there will be a three-day walk from Anantnag to Srinagar in Kashmir,” Mr. Ramesh said. .
Yatra is expected to end with a massive rally in Srinagar, expected to be attended by leaders from nearly two dozen national parties. Mr Ramesh stated that the yatra aims to “recreate politics” and change the image of Rahul Gandhi in public.
“Congress has lost what it stands for and it is a great attempt by Rahul Gandhi to sharpen the ideological position of Congress,” Mr Ramesh said.
With tight security, Rahul Gandhi started the final leg of Bharat Jodo Yatra in Jammu and Kashmir. He was surrounded by a large number of security forces as he walked in the rain and wore a short jacket, a stark contrast to his typical yatra t-shirt attire.
After entering Jammu and Kashmir, Mr. Gandhi said it was his return to his homeland and he wanted to share the people’s pain.
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