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At Rahul Gandhi’s ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ stop, the wrong national anthem gives ammunition to the BJP

Rahul Gandhi’s ambitious ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ is in the news again, but this time for all the wrong reasons. A viral video of a wrong song being played for a few minutes instead of the national anthem during a stop in Maharashtra on Wednesday has sparked a row, with the BJP criticizing the Congress for the blunder.

Maharashtra BJP leader Nitesh Rane shared a video of the incident and tweeted, “Papu ka comedy circus.” Tamil Nadu BJP leader Amar Prasad Reddy also shared the same video and wrote, “Rahul Gandhi, what is this?”

The live broadcast of the Yatra confirmed that the incident took place in the Washim district of Maharashtra as Gandhi finished his speech. There was an announcement for the national anthem, which also repeated Rahul Gandhi on the microphone. As the leaders took their places on stage, the music played for a few seconds before Gandhi gestured to the leaders and the music stopped. Later Jana Gana Mana was played.

The incident also drew criticism from several social media users who expressed disbelief that the leaders took a long time to understand the blunder. Congress has so far not responded to the row.

The ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’, a mass contact initiative of the Congress, entered Maharashtra in Nanded district on 7 November. In addition to Nanded, it has so far covered Hingoli and Washim districts of the state.

The foot march will cover Akola and Buldhana districts of Maharashtra before moving on to Madhya Pradesh on November 20.

The leaders of the Nationalist Congress Party and Shiv Sena, Congress allies in the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA), participated in the yatra in Maharashtra.

On Wednesday, Gandhi took aim at the Center and the BJP, claiming their policies have destroyed India’s economy and broken the backs of farmers.

He said that small and medium-sized enterprises, not large industrial houses, generate large-scale employment, but that they were on the receiving end of the Centre’s 2016 ticket ban exercise and the way the Goods and Services Tax (GST) was implemented in 2017 .

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