Bharat Jodo Yatra: Owing to security concerns, the Congress on Friday stopped the Bharat Jodo Yatra in Kashmir. The party had earlier alleged that the security of the Congress leader was compromised when the Yatra entered Delhi. Congress MP KC Venugopal had also written to Union Home minister Amit Shah asking the Centre to ensure the safety and security of Congress leaders joining the Yatra.
However, the Yatra was again resumed after a brief halt.
Highlighting the issue, Rahul Gandhi addressed a press conference and said, "Police arrangement completely collapsed and cops who were supposed to manage the crowd were nowhere to be seen. My security people were very uncomfortable with me walking further on yatra so I had to cancel my yatra. Other yatris did the walk," Rahul Gandhi, in Anantnag.
"I think it's important that the Police manage the crowd so that we can do the yatra. It's very difficult for me to go against what my security people are recommending," he added.
The Congress also accused the government of withdrawing security personnel from around Rahul Gandhi as the Bharat Jodo Yatra reached near Qazigund in Jammu and Kashmir, and demanded action against those responsible for the alleged security breach.
"The sudden withdrawal of security personnel from the D-area has caused a serious security breach at the Bharat Jodo Yatra at Banihal, Kashmir. Who ordered this?," Asked AICC general secretary KC Venugopal. "The authorities responsible must answer for this lapse and take appropriate steps to prevent such incidents in future," he said on Twitter.
Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha had on January 20 exuberated confidence that all necessary security arrangements were made for the Jammu and Kashmir leg of the Bharat Jodo Yatra led by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.
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National Conference president Farooq Abdullah on Wednesday said the Congress leader Rahul Gandhi-led Bharat Jodo Yatra was meant to unite the country and was against hatred being sown between communities for electoral gains. Stressing that people should unite for each other’s welfare, he said hate will only lead to misery.
“The aim of the Yatra is to unite the nation and break the (walls of) hatred. The message of this march is that unless we unite and think together for the welfare of each other, we cannot make the nation that our forefathers had dreamt of and given sacrifices for, " Abdullah told reporters at Aushmuqam in Anantnag district.