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Rahul Gandhi likely not to attend winter session of parliament because of Bharat Jodo Yatra

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is unlikely to attend the upcoming winter session of Parliament because of the ongoing Bharat Jodo Yatra, the party said on Saturday.

Parliament’s winter session is likely to begin in the old building in the first week of December and end by the end of the month, sources said Friday.

There is a proposal to hold the session between December 7 and 29 and a final decision on the dates will be taken by the cabinet committee on parliamentary affairs, they said.

Asked whether party MPs participating in the yatra will attend the session, Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh told reporters it is unlikely that he and three other MPs – Rahul Gandhi, KC Venugopal, Digvijaya Singh – who are in the yatra would consistently attend Parliament.

Ramesh said they would inform the chairman and the chairman that they would not be able to attend the upcoming session.

He said that the yatra, which has covered about half the distance of 3,570 km, is currently getting huge enthusiasm in Maharashtra and several congressional allies are participating in it.

Nationalist Congress leaders Supriya Sule, Jayant Patil and Jitendra Awhad joined the yatra and so did Shiv Sena’s Aaditya Thackeray, Ramesh said, claiming it reflected the Maha Vikas Aghadi combination was intact.

He said the yatra is likely to enter Madhya Pradesh on November 22.

Speaking of the sub-yatras, Ramesh said, while Odisha was the first state to start a yatra on October 31 at the same time as the main yatra, Assam was the next to join in starting a more than 850 km yatra on November 1.

On the birthday of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on Nov. 19, the party’s Tripura unit will begin a yatra, Ramesh said.

On December 28, the West Bengal Congress will begin a Bharat Jodo Yatra in his state, he said.

Also in the next two weeks or so, Congress will shut down a Bharat Jodo Yatra in Bihar from Banka to Bodh Gaya, which will cover an estimated 1,100 km, Ramesh said.

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