Rahul Gandhi offers prayers at Sriperumbudur before Bharat Jodo Yatra

Before beginning his Bharat Jodo Yatra, top Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday offered prayers and paid tribute to his late father Rajiv Gandhi at Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu, where the latter was assassinated in 1991.

After that, Rahul Gandhi will also visit Thiruvalluvar Memorial, Vivekananda Memorial and Kamaraj Memorial all in Kanyakumari. There will be a prayer meeting at the Mahatama Gandhi memorial which will be followed by a national flag handover ceremony, throwing the yatra.

The national flag will be handed over by three Chief Ministers MK Stalin of Tamil Nadu, Bhupesh Baghel of Chhattisgarh and Ashok Gehlot of Rajasthan. Congress Spokesman Shama Mohammed said the significance of Rahul Gandhi’s visit to the three memorials is that Mahatma Gandhi, Swami Vivekanand and Thiruvalluvar represented tolerance.

She said this yatra would connect people. Taking to Twitter, senior Congress official Jairam Ramesh said: “A day when India’s oldest political party will launch the longest padyatra ever undertaken. It is a dark day, a day of silent reflection and renewed determination.

This is a turning point in Indian politics. It marks a new beginning.” On the proposed march, Rahul Gandhi said on Sunday that the opposition had no choice but to go to the locals.

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