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‘I am going back to my roots’: Rahul Gandhi, as Bharat Jodo Yatra enters J-K

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Stating that his ancestors belong to Jammu and Kashmir, Congress leader and Parliamentarian Rahul Gandhi Friday alleged that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led government and allied parties were operating like a “group of pickpockets” who are “looting the nation” by diverting people’s attention from the core issues including unemployment.

“I have travelled from Kanyakumari towards Kashmir. I interacted with thousands of youth and their only issues is growing unemployment. Unfortunately, government won’t accept it and there is no debate on TV over it,” Rahul said soon after entering in Jammu as part of his Bharat Jodo Yatra.

He said: “Government claims that they are providing employment but in reality just 1-2% become engineer, doctor, and rest will do labour work due to failed policies of RSS and BJP led government.”

He said BJP-RSS are “looting money” from youth, farmers and small scale traders to fill the coffers of two, three billionaires of the county.

“The government is indulging in mass pickpocketing by diverting the attention of people and then looting them,” he maintained and added that BJP-RSS, their partners are spreading hatred across the country.

Rahul said that earlier he thought hatred was running deep but when he started traveling he saw it mainly on television. “Now people are fed up with this rant,” he said.

Rahul said violence, unemployment, agniveers, inflation, government’s wrong government policies are the main issues confronting the country but media picks topic of Hindu-Muslim, Bollywood stars Aishwarya Rai and Akshay Kumar to divert the attention of people.

Rahul said his ancestors belonged to this land and he felt he was returning home.

“I am going back to my roots, I know the suffering of the people of Jammu and Kashmir and come to you with a head down,” he said. “I had been walking for about seven hours a day, covering 25 kms each day, but nobody was tired as some people had predicted. I later felt we are not feeling tired because people are pushing us forward.”

Earlier, he stated that initially people thought that Congress will not complete its 40-day foot march but people’s support pushed the rally forward with a great enthusiasm.

Rahul started walking from Kanyakumari in September. The Bharat Jodo Yatra is scheduled to conclude in Srinagar on January 30. (KNO)


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