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India’s main opposition leader Rahul Gandhi’s nationwide Bharat Jod Yatra (Unite India March) entered the northern state of Haryana earlier this week. A three-hour drive north of India’s capital, New Delhi, Gandhi drove through the politically important state of Uttar, where thousands of his supporters flocked to the streets of Karnal, the town of Haryana. descendants entered the final leg of the march. Pradesh and Delhi. Experts say Gandhi’s march is an attempt to revive the electoral success of the Grand Old Party, which has dominated Indian politics for decades.

The Congress Party, which has led India’s anti-colonial struggle, has been marginalized in Indian politics since the rise of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The march, which began in mid-September in the southern city of Kanyakumari, will end on January 30 in Srinagar, the capital of Indian-administered Kashmir. The nearly 4,000-kilometre (2,500-mile) long yatra, which covers 12 states, has been called the party’s largest collective contact program. He launched it, accusing the Modi government of suppressing the voices of the opposition in parliament and the media.

The 52-year-old leader highlights rising prices, farmer problems, record unemployment, and increasing attacks on minorities in a multi-religious nation of 1.3 billion people. As Karnall’s rally drew to a close, a group of enthusiastic supporters tried to get their point across amidst the cacophony of the crowd. A young Sikh man said: “Sura soi pehachaniye jo lade deen k heth” (Bold are those who fight for the less fortunate), suggesting that Gandhi fights for the poor. Another youth borrowed a line from superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s forthcoming film, Patan.”The yatra proved that secularism is Zinda hai, bachata is Zinda hai, parliament is Zinda hai.”  Congress proved alive).

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