All the Presidents of the Pradesh Congress Committees (PCCs) and frontal organizations met in New Delhi on July 14, 2022, with AICC office-bearers for the planning of the ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ of the Indian National Congress from Kanyakumari to Kashmir. It had been announced in the ‘Nav Sankalp’ in the Udaipur Chintan Shivir that the ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ will begin on October 2, 2022, (Now rescheduled to September 7, 2022). However, given the repeated and intensifying attacks on our democracy, our country’s Constitution, the nation’s institutions and the social fabric of our society, by the Modi Sarkar and the BJP, the Congress party is now exploring the possibility of starting the ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ earlier. If so, an earlier launch date will be announced as soon as the PCCs revert on their preparedness.
The ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ will cover a distance of around 3500 kms and go through about 12 states and 2 Union Territories. It will be a fully-fledge padayatra throughout. The entire leadership and cadre of the Congress party will participate in the Yatra. Many other yatras will join the main padayatra from across the length and breadth of the country.The specific details of the Yatra’s route will be announced shortly.
After 75 years of independence, the Indian National Congress pays rich tributes to all those who fought for India’s freedom, those who defeated the politics of divide-and-rule, those who came together to give the country its great Constitution, and those who put India on the path of progress, prosperity, social justice and harmony.
Today, as the politics of hate is being practised by those who never took part in our country’s freedom movement, and whose ideologies resulted in the assassination of the Father of the Nation, the ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ is being launched as a nation-wide movement to unite;
• every Indian who is committed to the protection, preservation and promotion of the values anchored in our country’s freedom movement, led by Mahatma Gandhi; • every Indian who is dedicated to fighting the politics of hatred, bigotry and polarization; • every Indian who believes that instead of divisive politics, the focus of governance should be on providing productive jobs to crores of youth, easing the burden on crores of our families of the intolerable price rise of essential commodities, ensuring the welfare and well-being of kisans and khet mazdoors, and protecting our Jal, Jangal and Zameen for securing livelihoods and dignity for crores of Adivasis, Dalits, and other weaker sections of society; • every Indian who is determined to uphold the country’s Constitution against all odds, and ensure Justice, Liberty, Equality and Fraternity for all, irrespective of caste, class, faith, gender or language. We expect all political parties, civil society organizations and all individuals to join the yatra; despite it being the Congress Party’s yatra. We welcome you. If you think that democracy is in danger, the fabric of our society is in danger, then do join this yatra.