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Bharat Jodo Yatra to culminate tomorrow; leaders of 23 parties invited

Rahul Gandhi unfurls national flag at Lal Chowk

Bharat Jodo Yatra Congress leader Rahul Gandhi during the party's 'Bharat Jodo Yatra', in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir | PTI

With just one more day to go, Bharat Jodo Yatra that has begun from Kanyakumari on September 7 is set conclude on Monday in Jammu and Kashmir's Srinagar. According to Congress, around 23 parties has been invited to be a part of the concluding event in Srinagar.

The yatra resumed from Pantha Chowk and will culminate near Nehru Park on Boulevard Road in the city.

After Lal Chowk, the yatra will travel to Nehru Park in the Boulevard area of the city, marking an end to the 4,080-km walkathon, that traversed 75 districts across the country.

According to reports, around 12 opposition parties including M.K. Stalin-led Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), Sharad Pawar's Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Tejashwi Yadav led Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal (United) will take part in the event.

Reportedly, Trinamool Congress, Samajwadi Party and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) is likely to skip the event.

The nearly five month long foot march, covering over 4,000 km, was able to spread love in the communities, Rahul Gandhi had said earlier.

Marking the end of the foot march that began in September, Rahul Gandhi will unfurl the national flag at Lal Chowk in the city on Sunday.

Prominent leaders like PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah joined Gandhi in J&K leg of the yatra. Priyanka Gandhi also joined the yatra in Awantipora.

The yatra that started from Kanyakumari has completed around 145 days.

Due to alleged security breach, Rahul Gandhi was forced to halt the yatra on Friday. The Congress has accused the government of withdrawing security personnel from around Gandhi as the Yatra reached near Qazigund. Congress demanded action against responsible for the alleged security breach.

Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge on Friday wrote a letter to Home Minister Amit Shah seeking his intervention in the matter.

"We are expecting a huge gathering to join the yatra over the next two days and also the function that will be held on 30th January at Srinagar. Many senior Congress leaders of other important political parties are attending the culmination function to be held on the 30th of January," said Kharge in the letter.

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