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Bharat Jodo Yatra goes to Shegaon in his last leg in Maharashtra; Rahul Gandhi addresses rally

The Congress Bharat Jodo Yatra resumed Friday morning from Balapur in Akola district on the 12th day of the Maharashtra leg and heads towards Shegaon in Buldhana district where Rahul Gandhi will address a public gathering.

The yatra started at 6 am from a Zilla Parishad school at Kupta in Balapur. It will reach Shegaon during the morning break where the Congress Leader will visit the famous Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj Temple. Tushar Gandhi, the great-grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, joined Rahul Gandhi in the morning session of the yatra.

Rahul Gandhi waved to the crowds gathered along the route to greet him early in the morning and also interacted with them.

Gandhi will address a public gathering in Shegaon in the evening. Congress has planned a show of strength at the meeting with party operatives from across the state attending, leaders said.

Gandhi had addressed a rally in Nanded last week.

The Bharat Jodo Yatra, a mass contact initiative of the Congress, entered Maharashtra in Nanded district on 7 November after starting from Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu on 7 September. It has so far covered Nanded, Hingoli, Washim and Akola districts in Maharashtra.

This is the 72nd day of the yatra, which enters Burhanpur in Madhya Pradesh from Jalgaon Jamod in Buldhana district on 20 November. The yatra will take a break on November 21, the party has announced.

On Thursday, Rahul Gandhi had addressed a press conference in Wadegaon in Akola district where he stepped up his attack on Hindutva ideologue VD Savarkar, saying he was helping the British rulers and wrote a petition for mercy to them out of fear. Earlier in Washim, he had also been critical of the freedom fighter.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Prime Minister Eknath Shinde-led Shiv Sena faction have denounced his statements as their workers launched protests in parts of the state. Former Prime Minister Uddhav Thackeray, who heads another faction of the Sena and whose party has an alliance with the Congress, also denounced Gandhi’s remarks against Savarkar.

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