By Arun Pratap Singh
Dehradun, 7 Nov: Congress’s Bharat Jodo Yatra in Uttarakhand was today launched from Manav illage near Badrinath in Chamoli district today by Pradesh Congress Committee Chief Karan Mahra and the Leader of the Opposition, Yashpal Arya. Both these leaders launched the Yatra at Mana after offering prayers at Badrinath Dham. Hundreds of workers including Yashpal Arya, Karan Mahra, State Spokesperson Lakhpat Butola, Deputy Leader of the Congress Legislative Party, Bhuwan Kapri started the Yatra by reaching the border village of Mana.
It may be recalled that, recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had addressed a public gathering in Mana while he was on a two day trip to Kedarnath and Badrinath.
Congress leaders also raised local issues besides the national issues that have been raised by former Congress President Rahul Gandhi during the course of his Bharat Jodo Yatra. The first day of the Yatra was dedicated to the Ankita Bhandari case. Congress State President Karan Mahra alleged that the evidence had been destroyed in the case before the investigation and that the name of the VIP associated with the scandal had not been disclosed so far.
Mahra claimed that the government is working to suppress the case. He said that, during the Yatra, other scams including that of the UKSSC, Police and Open University, Vidhan Sabha recruitment would also be exposed before the youth of Uttarakhand.
Earlier, on the occasion of Baikunth Chaturdashi, Mahra had also visited the Kamleshwar Mahadev Temple and offered prayers there.
Mahra revealed that the first phase of the yatra would end on 8 November at Rudraprayag. The second phase would start from the village or statue site of Sridev Suman and freedom fighter Gabbar Singh in Tehri. The third and fourth phases of the yatra would be held in Kumaon division. The Yatra would end with Ganga Aarti at Haridwar.