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Mahatma Gandhi’s great-grandson joins Rahul in Bharat Jodo Yatra; Congress calls it ‘historic’

Mahatma Gandhi’s great-grandson, Tushar Gandhi, joined Rahul Gandhi at the Bharat Jodo Yatra at Shegaon in Maharashtra’s Buldhana district on Friday morning, with the Congress hailing his participation as “historic”.

The yatra, which has been traveling through Maharashtra since Nov. 7, resumed the day’s journey from Balapur in Akola district at around 6 a.m. and reached Shegaon a few hours later, where Tushar Gandhi, an author and activist, joined them.

In a tweet on Thursday, Tushar Gandhi had said that Shegaon was his hometown.

“I will join the Bharat Jodo Yatra at Shegaon on the 18th. Shegaon is also my birth station. The train my mother was traveling in, 1 Dn. Howrah Mail Via Nagpur had stopped at Shegaon Station on 17 January 1960 when I was born! he had said in the post.

The Congress described Tushar Gandhi’s participation in the yatra as historic.

The party described Rahul Gandhi and Tushar Gandhi, the great-grandsons of Jawaharlal Nehru and Mahatma Gandhi respectively, as bearers of the legacy of the two late leaders.

“The two walking together is a message to the rulers that they can endanger democracy, but they must not finish it,” the party said in a statement.

Aside from Tushar Gandhi, senior Congress leaders Mukul Wasnik, Deepender Hooda, Milind Deora, Manikrao Thakre, Mumbai Congress Speaker Bhai Jagtap, and Party State Unit Head Nana Patole walked with Rahul Gandhi.

Rahul Gandhi will address a public gathering in Shegaon tonight. The Bharat Jodo Yatra is on its last leg in Maharashtra and will enter Madhya Pradesh on November 20.

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