As Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra entered Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday, he hit out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), blaming them for practicing the politics of hatred, violence, and fear in the country.
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu and other senior Congress leaders welcomed the former party president and joined the march as it entered the State at Manser in Kangra district.
Addressing the gathering at Manser, Mr. Gandhi said that the yatra was aimed at uniting the nation against communal and divisive forces and giving a befitting reply to the nefarious designs of the BJP and the RSS. “My aim is to unite the people and the nation against the anti-people policies of the BJP,” he said.
He blamed the BJP for completely failing to address rising unemployment and inflation across the country and accused it of being involved in nepotism by providing benefits to its favourites.
“Nothing has been done for the youth and common masses as all the decisions of the BJP, such as demonetization, wrong implementation of GST, etc. were aimed at benefitting their high-profile business friends,” he said.
Mr. Sukhu said the victory of the Congress in the State was in fact the victory of truth over corruption, adding that the credit went to the dedication and hard work of Mr. Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. He said that Himachal Pradesh would also follow the path of unity, integrity, and co-existence shown by the Congress party by launching the Haath se Haath Jodo campaign, a follow-up to the yatra.