Bharat Jodo Yatra to enter J&K in 3rd week of Jan: JKPCC chief

Jammu:

The JKPCC is gearing up for its much ambitious Bharat Jodo Yatra, which is set to reach in Jammu and Kashmir in third week of January.

During the rallies and public meetings as part of the yatra, the Congress will discuss economic and political issues, such as unemployment, inflation, farm distress, social polarisation and threats to democracy.

In this connection a meeting of party functionaries was held here today at PCC office, Shahidi Chowk Jammu under the chairmanship of PCC president Vikar Rasool Wani and working president Raman Bhalla and attended by Th Manmohan Singh, Rajnish Sharma, Indu Pawar, Gurbachan Kumari Rana, Ashok Dogra, Krishan Bhagat, Pranav Shagotra and others.

Speaking on the occasion Wani said that Bharat Jodo Yatra, which is set to reach in Jammu and Kashmir in third week of January, the Congress, during the yatra, will take up the issue of alleged suppression of the voices of people and denying constitutional rights in the country. He said during BJP regime, the rich are getting richer, the poor are getting poorer. Common people are distressed by sky-rocketing inflation and unemployment. Kisans and Khet Mazdoors are being buried under debt. The assets of our country are being sold to crony capitalists at a huge loss. Socially, we are being divided based on caste, religion, food and language.

“Efforts are being made in a systematic manner to subvert our Constitution, dismantle our institutions, hollow out our democracy, and destroy our unity and fraternity. State governments are being destabilized by money power and misuse of agencies. People of all categories including Dalits and backward classes are being deprived of their basic rights,” he stated.

Raman Bhalla accused the government of “working mainly for the wealthy rich” and not focusing on the majority of people. He said that India stands at the 101st rank in the World Hunger Index, which means we are becoming a Vishwaguru in hunger. Farmers are unable to recover their costs, as the prices of fertilizers, seeds, etc increase. On the one hand, prices are rising, and on the other, farmers don’t have prices guaranteed for their crops. Small businesses and traders were hit hard by COVID-19. People working outside formal jobs like labourers and street vendors have also been badly hit,” Bhalla alleged.