Bharat Jodo Yatra will make Rahul a credible politician, but it lacks a clear direction, according to analysts
Political experts who support Congress believe that Rahul Gandhi’s current Bharat Jodo Yatra will solidify the Congress MP as a serious politician and give him the weight to take on the tenacious BJP.
However, they noted that in order to have a lasting influence, the cross-country march should have concentrated on certain topics.
The Congress’ 3,570-kilometer-long foot march entered Maharashtra on November 7 after beginning in Tamil Nadu on September 7. The Gandhi-led yatra will enter Madhya Pradesh on November 20 in the Burhanpur district, marking almost halfway.
The mass outreach program’s stated objective is to energize and revitalize the Congress party organization. Despite the fact that the route of the unity walk has not been decided based on the strength or weakness of the party, according to Kamal Nath, the president of the Madhya Pradesh Congress, who is in charge of organizing the yatra in the state, the event will have long-term political ramifications for the nation.
According to former Union minister Aslam Sher Khan, the yatra will have more significant effects on Indian politics and will undermine the coordinated effort by the RSS/BJP to depict Rahul Gandhi as a less serious politician than Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The former Olympian and hockey player for India claimed the yatra was a response by the Congress to the politics of polarization and division being pursued by the Bharatiya Janata Party-Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh (BJP-RSS) alliance.
Given that many leaders have left the Congress since the foot march started in Kanyakumari, the BJP in Madhya Pradesh had derided the yatra, calling it a “Congress Chhodo” yatra.
Khan claimed that despite intense pressure from Congress colleagues, Gandhi (52) remained true to his promise to keep the Gandhi family out of the prominent position of party president. This demonstrated his seriousness as a politician.
Rahul Gandhi has demonstrated that he is a genuine politician with a long track record in Indian politics by making sure that the party’s presidential election was done democratically, according to the former Olympian. According to Khan, the yatra would firmly establish the Lok Sabha MP’s status as an important leader who is here to stay.
The statewide foot march, which will last for about 150 days and end in Srinagar in January, is not, according to renowned journalist and political analyst Girija Shankar, eliciting the kind of reaction that was anticipated. The Bharat Jodo Yatra is not centered on any one subject; hence it is not evoking the same kind of reaction that such marches in the past had.
The Congress yatra ought to have concentrated on particular concerns like battling discrimination and communalism. According to the top journalist, doing that would have been extremely profitable for the party and could have elicited a strong response from ordinary people.
The political narrative in the nation has changed from Left of Center to Right of Center since 2014, when the BJP won a full majority in the Lok Sabha and took office as the government at the center of the country, according to him.
During the Madhya Pradesh portion of the march, the former president of the Congress is scheduled to offer prayers at the revered Mahakaleshwar Temple in Ujjain and temples honoring Lord Shiva in Omkar Eshwar town, according to the party.
According to the statement, the Congress member from Kerala would travel to Tanya Bheel’s birthplace in Khandwa district’s Pandhana tehsil as well as B R Ambedkar’s hometown of Mhow in Indore district.
Congress supporters in Madhya Pradesh are preparing to give Gandhi’s yatra a warm welcome on November 20 and will look to capitalize politically on the event given that it occurs just one year before the state’s Assembly elections.