Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra successfully leaves crisis ridden Manipur, crosses sensitive zone

Imphal: Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra of Indian National Congress led by its leader Rahul Gandhi has successfully left Manipur to reach Nagaland on Monday.

The yatra began on Sunday with a gathering at Khongjom in the Thoubal district of Manipur.

The Congress scheduled to launch the yatra in Imphal. As the Biren Singh government did not grant the gathering of the yatra in Imphal ‘due to the present turmoil’, it was shifted to Khongjom.

People at Kangpokpi, inhabited by the Kuki populace warmly received the Congress leaders in the yatra. The yatra has crossed Mao Gate in the Senapati district of Manipur leading to Nagaland.

There has been apprehension from certain political group not to organise the yatra. There has been a road blockade in Kangpokpi district as the Kuki-Zo demands a Separate Administration in Manipur. Amid the situation, the Congress mass started the yatra in Manipur and crossed the sensitive zone.

The Congress leader Rahul Gandhi kickstarted the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra on Sunday. The Yatra which will conclude at Mumbai was flagged off by AICC president Mallikarjun Kharge at around 4 pm. Mallikarjun Kharge unveiled the bus that Rahul Gandhi will use during the Yatra.

The programme was attended by Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah, ex-Congress chief ministers and MPs of the party, executives of AICC and thousands of supporters.

Former Manipur chief minister Okram Ibobi, MPCC president K. Meghachandra, Congress Working Committee member Gaikhangam, Congress MLAs and representatives of the bloc of 10 political parties also attended the launch function. The gathering exceeded much more than the government’s permission allowing a gathering of 3,000 people at Khongjom.

“The Congress party understands the plight of the people of Manipur and will strive at its best level to restore normalcy in Manipur,” said Rahul at the gathering.

He mentioned that many have died in Manipur while many others have been injured and displaced in the last eight months. “Congress can feel the pain and suffering of the people of Manipur.”

He asked, “Why does Prime Minister Narendra Modi not visit Manipur to end the conflict?”

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