Mumbai, Aug 8: Congress MP Rahul Gandhi will embark on a fresh padayatra (foot march) from Gujarat to Meghalaya and during that period leaders and workers of the party’s Maharashtra unit would crisscross the state, MPCC president Nana Patole said on Tuesday.
He said the opposition party will also undertake a bus yatra next month to interact with people and “expose” the BJP-led government at the Centre and the Eknath Shinde dispensation in Maharashtra. The BJP is part of the Shinde government.
Patole said Gandhi, whose Lok Sabha membership has been restored after the Supreme Court stayed his conviction in a defamation case, will be accorded a grand welcome by the party when he arrives in Mumbai for a meeting of the opposition alliance INDIA in August-end.
The second leg of Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra is set to begin from Gujarat and extend to the northeastern state of Meghalaya. Senior party leader Jairam Ramesh had previously broached the possibility of a march from Porbandar in Gujarat to Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh ‘before November’.
The first phase had begun in September last year and culminated in Kashmir. It lasted more than 130 days later and covered 12 states and two Union Territories. Details about the new route and corresponding dates however remain unconfirmed thus far.
With Agency inputs