Congress’s Bharat Jodo Yatra Halted Due To Security Breach


The Congress party’s “Bharat Jodo Yatra” led by Rahul Gandhi and former J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah was halted on Friday due to a security breach in the Kashmir Valley.

“This morning, we had a huge crowd that had gathered. But unfortunately, the police arrangement completely collapsed. Cops who had to hold the crowd were nowhere to be seen. So my security people were very much concerned with me continuing. So I had to cancel my walk..while other people continued,” Rahul Gandhi said at a briefing.

“I think it’s very important that the police manages the crowd so we can continue the march. It’s very difficult for me to go against what my security people are recommending,” he added. “I don’t know why it happened but this should not happen tomorrow and day after.”

Gandhi’s security team expressed concern, leading him to cancel his planned 16 km foot march from Banihal to Anantnag. Congress leaders have criticized the administration for the security lapse, with KC Venugopal and Rajani Patil both taking to Twitter to express their disappointment. The “Bharat Jodo Yatra” began in September and aimed to connect with the masses and highlight the challenges the country is currently facing, in an apparent attempt to attack the ruling BJP.

Another Congress leader Rajani Patil wrote in a tweet: “J&K UT Adminstration failed to provide security to #BharatJodoYatra led by Shri @RahulGandhi Security lapses indicate unfair & unprepared attitude of UT adminstration. @OfficeOfLGJandK. (sic)”

(Inputs from ANI)

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