Today, despite the bad weather, the Congress’ Bharat Jodo Yatra concluded. It began with a flag-hoisting ceremony at the party’s office in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir. Then came a rally at a stadium. Farooq Abdullah of the National Conference and Mehbooba Mufti of the People’s Democratic Party both gave speeches. Thereafter, speeches by the Congress’ top officials, including Rahul Gandhi, the march’s organizer, were given.
“I did this (the yatra) for the citizens of the nation, not for myself or the Congress. Our goal is to oppose the ideology that seeks to undermine the foundation of our nation.”
The weather not in favour of Congress today:
The Kanyakumari to Kashmir yatra, lasted 135 days. It came to a close with the Congress’s big rally at Sher-I-Kashmir Cricket Stadium as part of the march’s closing ceremony.
The gathering will feature around a dozen opposition party leaders in addition to the whole Congress leadership. The major route between Jammu and Srinagar is not operational due to the snowfall. It may also cause problems for air travel. All planes to Srinagar are facing delays, according to tweets from Srinagar’s airport director Kuldeep Singh Rishi. Low visibility due to ongoing snowfall are the main reasons for the delay. For the day, Vistara Airlines cancelled both of its flights from Delhi to Srinagar.
21 parties were invited to the event, but several did not show up owing to security issues, according to reports. Samajwadi Party, Trinamool Congress, and TDP are a few of the parties that would not be attending the event.
Rahul Gandhi’s words on the closing ceremony:
Rahul Gandhi, the head of the Congress, gave a speech during a gathering marking the Bharat Jodo Yatra’s conclusion. He had been informed he might be assaulted in Kashmir but that instead, “people here did not give me hand grenades but hearts full of love.” He continued by saying that BJP members could not walk in Jammu and Kashmir in this manner because “they are afraid.” While commemorating the death of his father Rajiv Gandhi, he also spoke the agony of losing a loved one and said he knew the suffering of those who lost family members in the Pulwama assault. To celebrate the event, he wore traditional Kashmiri pheran.
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