JAMMU — Congress leader Rahul Gandhi-led Bharat Jodo Yatra reached Ramban, the last district of Jammu on the National Highway, after covering 120 kilometers. The Yatra will resume from Bathi, Maitraand and stay in Banihal for a night while march for Kashmir will begin after Republic Day, where it is scheduled to culminate on January 30.
Sources, as per the news agency KNO, said the Yatra will resume from Ramban as per the scheduled 8:00 AM and stop at Forest Check Post near Hotel Usman.
It will resume from Kharpora, Banihal and cover Gund Adalkoot-Banihal Market-Transit Camp-T Chowk-Railway station, they said. “The Yatra will make a night halt at Lamber Truck yard Banihal where corner meetings with delegates are also scheduled,” they said.
Earlier, the scheduled foot march started from Nagrota, Jammu. The foot march continued for a few kilometers but after advice from security forces, Rahul Gandhi boarded the car and reached the venue where a few delegations including the people of Ladakh apprised him of their grievances.
A delegation from Uttarakhand also highlighted the plights of the sinking Joshimath during the Bharat Jodo Yatra. A delegation from the hill state Uttrakhand joined Rahul Gandhi on the Jammu—Srinagar Highway near Udhampur and sought his intervention to save the hills town from sinking further.
Led by former Chief Minister Harish Rawat, the delegation raised placards “Save Joshimath—Save Uttrakhand” and participated in the foot march with the former Congress president, who also picked up one of the placards.
The team urged Gandhi to raise their voice in Parliament and other forums as the historical mountain town was fast sinking and might vanish soon.
Dalit activist Jignesh Mevani, Bollywood actress Urmila Matondkar, former Congress Chief Minister Charanjit Channi and Member Parliament Ravneet Singh were also among the attendees along with several social activists of Jammu and Kashmir.