We will stop speaking truths about BJP if they stop spewing lies about us: Jairam Ramesh

Bharat Jodo Yatra by the Congress will enter Madhya Pradesh on November 23 

Updated - November 20, 2022 10:29 pm IST

Published - November 20, 2022 03:23 pm IST - Buldhana

Congress General Secretary (communications) Jairam Ramesh

Congress General Secretary (communications) Jairam Ramesh | Photo Credit: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

Shutting down the debate on V.D. Savarkar started by former Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Congress general secretary (communications) Jairam Ramesh on Sunday said the party will stop speaking truths about the BJP and RSS leaders the day they stop lying about their leaders. 

Addressing a question at a press meet in Maharashtra on the last day of the Bharat Jodo Yatra in the State, Mr. Ramesh said, “The issue is now over. I have been giving statements for the past three days. The day the BJP and RSS stop saying lies about our leaders, we will also stop speaking the truth about their leaders.” 

The Bharat Jodo Yatra will enter Madhya Pradesh on November 23 after a two-day break. During the break, Mr. Gandhi will campaign for the party in Gujarat. 

Mr. Gandhi’s comment on RSS ideologue Savarkar that he took pension from the British and called himself a “servant” of the British triggered a massive political controversy. His comments were publicly repudiated by Congress allies Shiv Sena (Uddhav faction) with former Maharashtra Chief Minister Udhav Thackeray and Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Raut both condemning Mr. Gandhi’s comments. 

Answering a series of questions on the electoral benefits of the Bharat Jodo Yatra, Mr. Ramesh said the 3,500-km foot march by the party was a “revolutionary moment” for national politics and not just an event oriented for electoral success. ‘’The Congress is the only ideology that presents an alternative to the BJP and the RSS. The Bharat Jodo Yatra is a revolutionary moment for national politics and the Congress and not an event,’‘ he said.

It will take a while to convert the yatra’s success into the electoral success, he added.

Mr. Ramesh said the yatra will take a break on November 21 and 22 in Maharashtra and will proceed to Madhya Pradesh on November 23. The party had earlier said the yatra would proceed to Madhya Pradesh on Sunday and take a night halt in Burhanpur. As per the Congress’s earlier schedule, the yatra’s rest day was Monday. Rahul Gandhi is scheduled to visit Gujarat on Monday for the election campaign there.

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