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New Delhi, Aug 23 : The Congress on Tuesday launched logos and tagline for its Bharat Jodo Yatra, which would traverse from Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu to Kashmir covering 3,500 kilometres on feet.
Party leader Digvijaya Singh said the march will be political, but non-partisan, and called upon all who disagree with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government’s policies to join the march.
Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said price rise and economic situation, communal polarisation, and political issues like division between center and state, abuse of constitution, misuse of agencies and growing centralisation of power are among the three key issues that will be raised.
Asked if other parties will also join, Ramesh said anyone who agrees with their issues is free to join.
The Yatra will have three categories of participants, and 100 participants will be ‘Bharat Yatris’, who would participate in the entire march.
The second category would be of 100 ‘Pradesh Yatris’, who would participate in the whole march in a particular state, and the third category would be that of ‘Atithi Yatris’; another 100 who would come from states where the Yatra is not taking place.
At any time, at least 300 participants will be marching in the ‘Yatra’, and containers will be provided as make shift shelter for the night.
The Yatra will be launched from Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu, on the evening of September 6.
The march will start from September 7 morning, and cross through Kerala, Karnataka, touching Andhra Pradesh, crossing over to Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Punjab, and will culminate in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir.
Party leader Rahul Gandhi will be present at the launch of the Bharat Jodo Yatra, and participate as a ‘Bharat Yatri’.
The Congress also launched a website www.bharatjodoyatra.in, where individuals interested in participation can register.
Sources said leaders of Congress allies like DMK and NCP are likely to join in their respective states. No invitation has, however, been extended to the Left parties in Kerala, said sources.
On Monday, Singh, Ramesh and Rahul Gandhi met several civil society representatives over the Bharat Jodo Yatra. The Congress said civil society groups have expressed ‘broad solidarity ‘ with the march.
Asked about the civil society representatives including those who were part of the Lokpal agitation, and Congress seeking their support, Ramesh said, “At the meeting yesterday, there were all kinds of groups – socialist, leftist, Congress supporters, critics…all were there.”
“10 years back they had protested… Good that they’ve understood there is no option apart from the Congress,” said Ramesh.
The Congress had announced the Bharat Jodo Yatra at its Udaipur Chintan Shivir.