SRINAGAR — A man drove on a tractor all the way from Uttar Pradesh’s Jhansi city and reached Srinagar on Sunday to participate in Bharat Jodo Yatra and support Congress leader and Member of Parliament, Rahul Gandhi.

The man, while speaking to The Kashmir Pulse, identified himself as Suraj Matey and said that he is an ordinary farmer. “I support Congress and have come here to take part in Bharat Jodo Yatra.”

He hailed the hospitality of Kashmiris and said that he was offered tea and breakfast minutes after he parked his tractor at a local taxi stand in Srinagar.

While speaking of the impact of the Bharat Jodo Yatra, Suraj said that the businessman Gautam Adani’s shares were continuing the bloodbath. “This is just a hint of the huge impact that Bharat Jodo Yatra has achieved,” he said and went on to give reference to Hindenburg Research, an investment research firm.

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“There were many attempts to break the country on the basis of religion, caste, and creed before as well. However, the sacrifices of leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Indira Gandhi, and Rajiv Gandhi kept the country united and the government in the Centre won’t also be able to achieve its designs,” he said while accusing Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) of spreading hatred.

Another Yatri, Tufail Ahmad Khan, identified himself as the Vice-Chairman of the Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee and said that he had come with his associates from Kanpur.

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Tufail Ahmad said that the message of Rahul Gandhi through the Bharat Jodo Yatra was very important for the progress of the country at par with the rest of the world. “The BJP has been bringing disrepute to the nation through its policies and people throughout the country are now realizing the same and siding with the Congress leader.”

Referring to the policies of the BJP in Jammu and Kashmir, the UP Congress vice-president said that BJP has been sowing the seeds of hatred in the Valley of Kashmir as well and in contrast, Rahul Gandhi’s march brought the message of love and brotherhood.

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