Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said the message of the Bharat Jodo Yatra led by him is that India can’t be divided and hatred won’t be allowed to be spread.
Addressing Yatra participants before the foot march halted at night here in his friend and former Congress MP Rajiv Satav’s home district Hingoli, Gandhi also recalled the association he had with the late leader.
Saturday was the sixth day of the yatra in Maharashtra after it commenced from Kanyakumari on September 7.
”This yatra will culminate in Srinagar and we will give the message that India can’t be divided and hatred can’t be spread. This is the yatra’s objective,” Gandhi said.
Jammu and Kashmir-leg of Cong's Bharat Jodo Yatra begins, Sanjay Raut among several leaders in attendance
The Congress leader also targeted the state and Central governments over the shifting of mega projects like the Vedanta-Foxconn and the Tata Airbus from Maharashtra to Gujarat.
”There are three-four billionaires in India. They can do whatever they want. They get whatever business they want, be it airport, port, roads, infrastructure, telecom or banking.
”But if the country’s youth want jobs, they don’t get them,” he said.
Gandhi asked the crowd to list what the Modi government had done for those who give their blood and sweat for the country, and for those who feed the country.
Looking at the media personnel, Gandhi said, ”They are our friends but are unable to help (us). Someone else is controlling them. They can’t speak even if they want to”.
Earlier in the day, the Yatra resumed from Shevala village in Hingoli district on Saturday morning on its sixth day in Maharashtra.
The yatra, which began on September 7 from Kanyakumari entered its 66th day on Saturday and has so far covered 28 districts in six states.
It will pass through 12 states before culminating in Jammu and Kashmir after spanning a distance of 3,570 km over about 150 days.
The Congress’ mass contact initiative will cover a distance of 382 km across five districts of Maharashtra before entering Madhya Pradesh on November 20.