Rahul Gandhi Bharat Jodo Yatra Highlights, January 27: The Bharat Jodo Yatra has been suspended for the rest of the day on Friday after the Congress alleged a ‘serious’ lapse in security in Jammu and Kashmir. Rahul Gandhi and the yatris participating in the Yatra were denied security cover in Banihal, several party leaders alleged.
In a press conference, Gandhi said he had to cancel his walk for the day because police arrangements unfortunately “completely collapsed”. Police personnel who were supposed to manage the crowd were nowhere to be seen, the former he said. “It’s the Jammu and Kashmir administration’s responsibility to provide security… I hope security will now be ensured for remaining days of the yatra,” Gandhi, who started his Bharat Jodo Yatra in Kanyakumari in September and ends it in Srinagar on January 30, said.
Before the alleged breach took place, National Conference leader Omar Abdullah Friday joined the Bharat Jodo Yatra in Banihal, saying that the Rahul Gandhi-led march is not being carried out for the image makeover of the Congress leader, but rather to change the situation and atmosphere of the country. The Bharat Jodo Yatra resumed from Banihal in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday after a day’s break due to Republic Day celebrations. The yatra will enter the Kashmir valley today for its last leg before culminating in a rally in Srinagar on January 30. According to Congress general secretary, communications, Jairam Ramesh, the yatra has passed through various districts of Jammu and covered almost 90 kilometres.