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Rahul Gandhi-Led ‘Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra’ Set To Enter Bengal


The Yatra is scheduled to cowl 6,713 km in 67 days. (File)


The Congress ‘Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra,’ led by Rahul Gandhi, is slated to enter West Bengal from Assam on Thursday, amid political ripples inside the INDIA bloc alliance within the state.

The Bengal leg of the Yatra will start a day after Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee’s announcement that her occasion will contest the upcoming Lok Sabha polls independently in West Bengal.

Each Congress and the TMC are constituents of the INDIA bloc shaped to tackle the BJP-led Nationwide Democratic Alliance within the 2024 Parliamentary elections.

Presently traversing Assam, the Yatra is scheduled to enter West Bengal by way of Bakshirhat in Cooch Behar district within the northern a part of the state on January 25.

Following a two-day hiatus on January 26-27, it can navigate by way of Jalpaiguri, Alipurduar, Uttar Dinajpur, and Darjeeling districts earlier than getting into Bihar on January 29.

Re-entering West Bengal on January 31 by way of Malda, it can move by way of Murshidabad, each Congress stronghold districts, earlier than departing the state on February 1.

The Bengal leg of the yatra spans 523 km throughout six districts and 6 Lok Sabha constituencies-Darjeeling, Raigunj, North and South Malda, and two in Murshidabad over 5 days.

This marks Rahul Gandhi’s first go to to the state because the April-Might 2021 meeting polls.

Former state Congress president Pradip Bhattacharya expressed optimism, stating, “We’re hopeful that the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra of Rahul Ji will give a brand new lease of life to Bengal’s Congress unit. This Yatra won’t solely assist us organisationally but additionally electorally forward of the Lok Sabha polls.” On getting into the state on Thursday afternoon, Rahul Gandhi will lead a padayatra from Maa Bhawani Chowk in Cooch Behar city.

The Yatra will proceed by bus at Gokshadanga earlier than reaching Falakata within the Alipurduar district for an in a single day halt.

A recess has been deliberate on January 26 and 27, with the yatra resuming from Falakata on January 28, passing by way of Jalpaiguri, Siliguri, Naxalbari in Darjeeling district, and Uttar Dinajpur district.

The CPI (M) and Left events, allies of the Congress inside the state and the INDIA bloc on the nationwide degree, are anticipated to affix the march.

Nevertheless, TMC has determined to abstain, citing a lack of understanding in regards to the Yatra.

Mamata Banerjee mentioned, “As a gesture of courtesy, did they (Congress) let me know that they’re coming to Bengal for the Yatra? I’m not conscious of it.” “It appears the TMC is attempting to assist the BJP within the state,” senior Congress chief Deepa Dasmunsi mentioned.

In a setback to the opposition INDIA bloc, TMC boss Mamata Banerjee introduced on Wednesday that her occasion would contest the upcoming Lok Sabha polls independently.

The shock transfer left the grand previous occasion surprised. Congress normal secretary Jairam Ramesh mentioned in Assam, “Nobody can think about the existence of the opposition INDIA bloc with out West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee.” The CPI (M)-led Left Entrance, Congress, and the TMC are a part of the 28-party INDIA bloc.

Nevertheless, in West Bengal, the CPI(M) and Congress have aligned towards the TMC and BJP.

The Yatra, which began in Manipur on January 14, is scheduled to cowl 6,713 km in 67 days whereas passing by way of 110 districts in 15 states, earlier than culminating in Mumbai on March 20.

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