Walk with me to ‘save’ India: Rahul Gandhi in J&K

Jammu :  Finally reaching its last destination, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi led Bharat Jodo Yatra entered Jammu and Kashmir from neighbouring Punjab via Lakhanpur on Thursday evening.

On reaching Lakhanpur, Rahul Gandhi addressing the jam packed venue near Maharaja Gulab Singh statue asked people of Jammu and Kashmir to walk with him to ‘save’ India.

“Support me in my mission to ‘save India’. I am here to share the grief of the people of Jammu and Kashmir who have suffered on many fronts in past decades,” Gandhi said addressing a gathering of more than 2500 people.

National Conference president Farooq Abdullah along with senior Congress leaders Digvijay Singh, Jairam Ramesh, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Punjab MP Pratap Singh Bajwa, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut, and senior leaders from J&K Congress shared the stage with Rahul.

Attired in white t-shirt, Rahul walked with a torch and paid obeisance at the statue of Maharaja Gulab Singh.

However, Punjab’s Congress unit president Raja Warring handed over the party flag to Jammu and Kashmir Congress president Vikaar Rasool Wani at a customary ceremony amidst the presence of Rahul Gandhi.

“BJP and RSS have spread hatred in the country,” said Gandhi while highlighting hatred, violence, unemployment and price rise as the main issues confronting the country and blamed the media for not highlighting them.

Gandhi also said that in Jammu and Kashmir, he was feeling like returning home as his ancestors belonged to this land.

Meanwhile National Conference president, Farooq Abdullah said that many years ago, Shankaracharya had undertaken a yatra from Kanyakumari to Kashmir and today you (Rahul Gandhi) are doing it.

He said that Bharat Jodo Yatra is trying to unite India and before he dies, he wants to see a united India having peace and harmony.

However, tight security arrangements are in place to prevent any untoward incident during the Yatra.

The Yatra with a night halt at Lakhanpur, will start from Hatli Morh (Kathua) on Friday for Chadwal (23 Kms) and have a night halt.

After a day break on January 21, the yatra will resume next day from Hiranagar upto Duggar Haveli, Nanak Chack (21 Kms) in Samba district and will further start from Vijaypur upto Satwari on January 23 and the night halt will be at Sidhra.

Former Chief Ministers, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti will join the yatra at Srinagar.

Tight security was in place en route to the Yatra.