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Amidst infighting within Congress, Rajasthan gears up for Bharat Jodo Yatra

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Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and AICC Gujarat in-charge Raghu Sharma will take stock of the preparations for Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's public meeting on Tuesday at the venue in Surat.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and AICC Gujarat in-charge Raghu Sharma reached the venue in Surat on Monday to take stock of the preparations for Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s public meeting. , photo Credit: –

Preparations are in full swing in Rajasthan for Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra, which will cover 18 assembly constituencies in six districts of the state for about 20 days in December. The faction-divided ruling Congress is making concerted efforts to forge a united front during the yatra.

Amid infighting in the ruling party, both Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and his former deputy Sachin Pilot have been made members of a state-level coordination committee constituted by the Pradesh Congress Committee to oversee preparations for the march. However, the two leaders are yet to share the dais for the meeting of the 31-member panel.

PCC president Govind Singh Dotasara said on Monday that 15 other committees have also been formed for other aspects of the yatra such as publicity, stay of participants, medical aid, supply of food and water and administrative control. The yatra will enter the Jhalawar district of south-eastern Rajasthan from Madhya Pradesh on December 3.

Three Congress leaders from the Gehlot camp – Shanti Dhariwal, Mahesh Joshi and Dharmendra Rathore – who were served show cause notices by the AICC for holding a parallel meeting on September 25 when the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting was scheduled to take place. Held in Jaipur, not included in any committee.

Ahead of the visit, AICC Rajasthan in-charge Ajay Maken has apparently expressed his reluctance because of the delay in taking disciplinary action against the three leaders, two of whom are cabinet ministers.

Ministers like Mamta Bhupesh, Govind Ram Meghwal, Bulaki Das Kalla, Ashok Chandna, Pratap Singh Khachariawas, Parsadi Lal Meena, Pramod Jain Bhaya, Bhanwar Singh Bhati and Lalchand Kataria have been included in the coordination committee and assigned various tasks.

Contrary to claims of a section of party leaders, Mr Dotasara said there would be no change in the route of the yatra. After crossing Jhalawar, Kota, Bundi, Sawai Madhopur, Dausa and Alwar districts, Mr Gandhi will address a huge public meeting at Mala Kheda near the Rajasthan-Haryana border. In addition, Nukkad Sabhas will be organized every evening at the places of stay of the Yatra participants.

Of the 18 assembly constituencies to be covered by the yatra, 12 are held by the Congress and many of them are dominated by the Gujjar and Meena communities. Mr. Dotasara said, “I myself will travel on the yatra route from Jhalawar to the Haryana border on November 25 and take stock of the preparations made by the block and district Congress committees.”

The ruling party took out marches in several districts on Sunday to speed up the yatra. The names of about 500 Congress workers are being finalised, who will accompany Mr Gandhi throughout his visit to the state, while a control room has been set up at the PCC headquarters in Jaipur to help coordinate between leaders, office-bearers and party workers. Was established. ,

Meanwhile, the opposition BJP has decided to organize ‘Jan Aakrosh’ rallies in all 200 assembly constituencies of the state from November 29 to mark the fourth anniversary of the Congress government. The Gujjar Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti has also threatened to disrupt the yatra in protest against the alleged failure of the state government to resolve various pending issues related to the community.


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