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Cong yatras at the gates of caste zone

The Congress “yatras” flagged-off by Rahul Gandhi might be on a rain check but it seems that party is in no mood to take a break from the idea.

Written by Maulshree Seth | Lucknow | Published: June 28, 2010 5:23:02 am

Plans on to hold 7 yatras on community lines in Lucknow on June 30

The Congress “yatras” flagged-off by Rahul Gandhi might be on a rain check but it seems that party is in no mood to take a break from the idea.

Notwithstanding the fact that Rahul Gandhi does not approve of caste politics,the state Congress is now planning seven yatras of different communities in the state capital on June 30.

The daylong yatras will be organised under the banner of the ongoing programe “Sanjhi shahadat,Sanjhi virasat”.

Starting from various parts of Lucknow,they will converge at Chinhat on the outskirts of the city.

While the Congress plans to reveal the details of these yatras a day before the programme,party sources said the yatras will be in the memory of freedom fighters from different communities. They will be led by Congress leaders from the same community as well.

The party plans to take out a yatra from Ujariaon village,in memory of Vira Pasi of Rae Bareli,Uda Devi Pasi and her husband Makka Pasi who had mobilised people and killed British troops near Chinhat. This yatra would be lead by Ram Krishna,in-charge of the UPCC SC/ST cell.

Another is being planned from Umaria village in Mahona at the outskirts of Lucknow in the memory of Raja Dig Vijay Singh of Mahona,who is said to be the first landlord to openly revolt against the British. Sunita Singh,who was Congress candidate from Mahona seat during 2007 assembly election but lost,would be the coordinator for this yatra.

Another yatra will be organised from Hussainabad area to honour the Shia Martyrs from the city.

Two others will begin from Malihabad at the outskirts of the city and Kaiserbagh.

“We are still in the process of finalising the programme,” said Congress president Rita Bahuguna Joshi.” The idea is to pay tribute to the unknown martyrs of the Indian freedom struggle from different communities.”

The yatras will ultimately converge at Chinhat,where an open air programme will be organised in the evening and the role played by these martyrs will be discussed,she said.

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