Telangana Chief Minister A. Revanth Reddy participated in the “Manipur to Mumbai Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra” today, held in Ranchi, Jharkhand. During the event, he elucidated to Congress leaders the preparations undertaken by the Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, emphasizing the implementation of two key initiatives: free bus travel for women and an increase in the Rajiv Arogyasri limit from Rs. 5 lakh to Rs. 15 lakh, as stated in an official announcement.
Request for Sonia Gandhi’s Candidacy
Furthermore, Rahul Gandhi was solicited to implore Congress leader Sonia Gandhi to contest from Telangana in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. The Chief Minister was accompanied by Deputy Chief Minister Bhatti Vikramarka and State Minister Ponguleti Srinivas Reddy. Presently, the yatra, which has traversed five states predominantly by bus, is stationed in Jharkhand. Notably, the newly formed government under Champai Soren successfully navigated a floor test in the Jharkhand Assembly on Monday.
Alliance Triumph Amid Political Turmoil
Addressing the alliance’s triumph in the floor test, Rahul Gandhi criticized the BJP, alleging the party’s anti-tribal stance. He remarked, “Hemant Soren ji articulated a poignant sentiment in the Assembly today, ‘When we emerged from the forest and sat beside them, their clothes got soiled.’ This sentiment encapsulates the anguish of the entire tribal community. The BJP is evidently unwilling to accept the presence of a tribal Chief Minister in the state. Today, Jharkhand has sent a resounding message to the nation that the power of the people cannot be quashed by intimidation. This victory signifies unity among the impoverished and the tribal populace, and I extend my congratulations to all.”
Political Dynamics in Jharkhand
Jharkhand witnessed a brief spell of political turmoil subsequent to the arrest of former Chief Minister Hemant Soren by the Enforcement Directorate on Wednesday evening, following seven hours of interrogation. Champai Soren, a senior JMM leader, was subsequently sworn in as Chief Minister on Friday afternoon. It is noteworthy that the Congress is a coalition partner in the ruling alliance of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), alongside the Rashtriya Janata Dal.
Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra Overview
The “Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra” commenced from Manipur’s Thoubal on January 14, traversing over 6,700 kilometers across 67 days, encompassing 110 districts. This journey spans 6,713 kilometers, covering 100 Lok Sabha constituencies and 337 assembly segments. The yatra is slated to culminate in Mumbai on March 20, following a 67-day itinerary. Serving as a sequel to the ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra,’ wherein Rahul Gandhi traversed over 3,000 kilometers on foot from Kanya Kumari to Srinagar, the Yatra 2.0 adopts a hybrid approach.