Lucknow- After staying away from Uttar Pradesh for nearly 4 and a half years, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi is now anticipated to tour a serious a part of the state within the second leg of the Bharat Jodo Yatra.
State Congress president Brijlal Khabri mentioned, “Though things are fluid at the moment, party workers and state leadership have urged Rahul Gandhi to spend more time in UP in the second phase of his Bharat Jodo Yatra.”
He mentioned that the route map and dates had been being finalised. “The ‘yatra’ is likely to commence either from August 15 or October 2, ” he mentioned.
In the primary leg of Bharat Jodo Yatra, Rahul Gandhi had lined simply three districts — Ghaziabad, Baghpat and Shamli.
Rahul had walked for over 130 km from Ghaziabad, and lined components of Shamli and Baghpat from the place he entered Haryana. Questions had been raised on Rahul’s transient go to to Uttar Pradesh.
Rahul has stayed away from Uttar Pradesh after he misplaced his Amethi seat in 2019. He additionally maintained a distance from get together issues within the state — extra so, since his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was in-charge of the state.
“Almost everyone in UP Congress has a problem with Priyanka’s coterie and whenever we tried to approach Rahul with the problems here, he told us ‘Talk to Priyanka’ and Priyanka was not willing to listen. This led to an exodus from the party which has hit rock bottom in Uttar Pradesh, ” mentioned a veteran get together chief.
A former Congress MLA mentioned that if Rahul excursions Uttar Pradesh, he would revive the get together organisation to an ideal extent and the cadres could be mobilised.
“His mere presence here would lift the party up from the realms of despair, ” he mentioned.
Moreover, within the modified political situation after the formation of Opposition’s INDIA, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav and RLD chief Jayant Chaudhary may be a part of Rahul in Bharat Jodo Yatra (BJY) in UP.
Both the leaders had avoided BJY in its first leg.
According to a celebration supply, “Internal analysis indicates that the SP-RLD-Congress can swing votes in favour of the coalition in seats covering districts like Saharanpur, Baghpat, Rampur, Bareilly, Badaun and Aligarh in the west, and Deoria, Maharajganj, Ghazipur, Azamgarh and Kushinagar in the east. Rahul’s itinerary may include these districts.”
UP Congress leaders additionally need that Rahul ought to spend greater than two weeks in Uttar Pradesh within the second section and the route may cowl round two dozen parliamentary constituencies.
The second section of the ‘yatra’ may start from Porbandar in Gujarat and finish in Agartala (Tripura), sources mentioned.