Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma took a jibe at the “Bharat Jodo Yatra” organized by the Congress, scheduled to start on September 7 and said that the party should conduct this campaign in Pakistan if “they want to start the campaign”, while stressing that “India is connected and united”.

The chief minister said that India was divided in 1947 and there is no benefit of starting the ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ in India.

“India was divided in 1947 during Congress. If they want to start ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’, then Rahul Gandhi should do this in Pakistan. What are the benefits of doing this yatra in India? India is connected, and united. I want to suggest Rahul Gandhi to take the ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ programme to Pakistan,” chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on September 6.

This comes a day ahead of the launch of the nationwide campaign by the Congress party.

The 3,570 kilometre-long ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’, dubbed by the Congress as the “longest march” organised in the country over the last century, will be covered in 5 months.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will be kicking of the march from Tamil Nadu’s Kanyakumari along with 100-odd “Bharat yatris” from different states. They plan to finish their ambitious 3,570 km padyatra in Srinagar by the beginning of February next year.

The rally comes amid the Congress’ battered fortunes and Rahul Gandhi’s bruised image. The party believes the ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ will be a “transformational moment” for Indian politics and a “decisive moment” for the party’s rejuvenation.

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