BJP, RSS Nervous Due to Bharat Jodo Yatra: Jairam Ramesh on Bhagwat’s Outreach to Muslims

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AHMEDABAD — Congress leader Jairam Ramesh on Saturday claimed that Rahul Gandhi’s ongoing ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ has made the BJP and RSS nervous and forced the RSS chief to reach out to various sections of society, reports PTI.

Congress’s general secretary in-charge of communication Jairam, Ramesh addressing a press conference here, said, “Both BJP and RSS are nervous ever since Congress’ Bharat Jodo Yatra commenced. Bhagwat is also meeting people from different walks of life. This is the effect of our initiative.”

Commenting on RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s visit to a mosque in New Delhi and meeting with the chief of the All India Imam Organisation, Umer Ahmed Ilyasi, Jairam said, “Bhagwat’s visit was nothing but a publicity stunt. Though he visited the mosque, his intentions were not good. This was just pretence, because he remains silent on real issues.”

When asked why Rahul Gandhi’s Yatra across India would not pass through the BJP-ruled Gujarat where elections are due in December, Ramesh said the campaign was not election-centric.

Including Gujarat in the itinerary was also not feasible as the Yatra would have taken 90 days to reach the state by which time elections would have been over, the Congress leader said. “Bharat Jodo Yatra has nothing to do with elections, at least not Assembly elections in Gujarat and other states. However, it will surely impact the 2024 Lok Sabha polls,” said Ramesh, adding a stronger Congress will make the opposition even stronger.

The Congress leader also reportedly said, “Bharat Jodo Yatra is not being taken out for the purpose of uniting the opposition. People are now realising that if Congress remains weak, a united opposition is meaningless.”

The purpose of the Yatra was to stop the nation from disintegrating under the BJP rule, Jairam said and added, “this Yatra will change the course of Indian politics. It will also give a new lease of life to Congress.”

Visit Homes of Akhlaq, Bilkis Bano: Digvijay Singh 

Another senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh, on Saturday said that Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat should visit the homes of Bilkis Bano and Mohammad Akhlaq if he wanted to win the trust of the Muslim community.

Singh said if Mohan Bhagwat wanted to earn the trust of Muslims, he should meet the family of Mohammad Akhlaq, victim of a lynching incident in 2015, and gangrape victim Bilkis Bano. Bhagwat’s visit to the mosque showed the impact of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra, he also claimed.

(With inputs from PTI)

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