All is set for Rahul Gandhi’s ‘Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra’ (BJNY) from a private ground at Khongjom in Thoubal district on Sunday.
"It is an ideological Yatra and not an election related one", said Congress leader Jairam Ramesh during a press meet held at Classic Grande on Saturday evening.
The Yatra will kick off from Thoubal town on Sunday.
Ramesh informed that Rahul Gandhi will reach Imphal on Sunday at 11 am and will head straight to the Khongjom War Memorial.
The Bharat Jodo Yatra is a transformational moment for Indian politics and taking that momentum forward, Rahul is beginning the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra, Ramesh said, adding that Bharat Jodo Yatra was the first step and Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra is the next step.
Ramesh also said that for the next 11 days, Rahul Gandhi would be leading the Yatra in five states of the Northeast.
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"Truth is that the last 10 years have been of injustice. They want to make people forget the injustice of the last ten years," Ramesh said , adding that "in the last ten years, there have been injustices in terms of social, economic and political".
Keeping these injustices in mind, the Yatra has been taken out, the Congress leader said, adding that the foundation of the preamble of the constitution is justice. Hence, the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra is now being taken out, he said.
Ramesh also said that during this period, Rahul Gandhi will be putting forth before the people the points which the Congress would be bringing forth to offer justice to the people of the country.
AICC President MP Mallikarjun Kharge and Congress leader MP Rahul Gandhi will reach Imphal Sunday morning in a special chartered flight while Telangana CM A Revanth Reddy is expected to arrive in Imphal to join Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.
Other Congress leaders from across the country are also arriving in the state before the Yatra begins.
The yatra, which will be kicked off by Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge from Manipur’s Thoubal, will cover 6,713 km from Manipur to Mumbai.
He said the idea of both the yatras had its inspiration from the first line of the Preamble of Constitution. He said the Bharat Jodo Yatra concentrated on the aspects of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity while the latest one will focus on ‘nyay’ or justice on social, economic and political fronts.
Initially named ‘Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra’ and then rechristened as BJNY to capitalise on the recall value of Bharat Jodo Yatra, Rahul will cover Manipur, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra. It will cover cities and towns like Kohima, Itanagar, Cooch Behar, Guwahati, Siliguri, Purulia, Dhanbad, Ranchi, Agra, Gwalior, Ujjain, Guna and Malegaon. The yatra will pass through 3 states – Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh – where the party recently lost elections.
The yatra will be covering Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra for the second time though Bharat Jodo Yatra has passed through it. The Uttar Pradesh leg of the yatra will be the longest as Rahul will cover 1,074 km in the state in 11 days covering 20 districts. In West Bengal, the yatra will cover 523 km and seven districts in five days while in Assam, it is 833 km and 17 districts in eight days. The yatra will travel for five days in Gujarat covering 445 km and seven districts while in Maharashtra, it will be 480 km in five days covering six districts while in Manipur, Rahul will cover 107 km in one day covering four districts before entering Nagaland.
Manipur Congress president Keisham Meghachandra had said that permission was sought to begin the Yatra from the Hapta Kangjeibung ground in Imphal but the state government gave the go-ahead with certain conditions, forcing to move the venue around 34 km at the last moment.
CLP leader O Ibobi highlighted the importance of Khongjom War Memorial and significance of the memorial. He appealed to people to join the yatra.