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Bharat Jodo Yatra goes to Washim in Maha; Congress pays tribute to tribal leader Birsa Munda

The Bharat Jodo Yatra led by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi entered its 69th day on Tuesday and will reach Washim district in Maharashtra’s Vidarbha region later today.

Gandhi began the foot march from Phalegaon in Hingoli district on Tuesday morning. Senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh, former Maharashtra minister Yashomati Thakur and other party leaders walked with Gandhi.

Ramesh remembered iconic tribal leader Birsa Munda on his birthday on Tuesday.

He posted a tweet saying, “Today is the 69th day of #BharatJodoYatra and the 147th birthday of Birsa Munda, born just 15 days later than Sardar Patel. But tragically, he died at the very young age of 25 in a British prison in Ranchi.”

“An adivasi (not vanvasi as the RSS calls tribals), Birsa Munda should be an inspiration to ALL Indians. The causes for which he gave his life, especially tribal land rights, are still most relevant today,” Ramesh added.

The government had last year declared November 15 as ‘Janjatiya Gaurav Divas’ on Munda’s birthday to commemorate the contribution of tribal freedom fighters. The Bharat Jodo Yatra, a congressional mass outreach initiative that began on September 7 from Kanniyakumari in Tamil Nadu, has so far covered 28 districts in six states.

It entered Deglur in Maharashtra on November 7 and has so far covered Nanded and Hingoli districts in the state.

The yatra will cover a distance of 382 km across five districts of Maharashtra before entering Madhya Pradesh on November 20.

It passes through 12 states before reaching Jammu and Kashmir in January, having covered a distance of 3,570 km in nearly 150 days.

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