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Closing Ceremony Of ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ Of Congress On Monday. 12 Parties To Attend

12 like-minded opposition parties will attend the closing ceremony of the Bharat Jodo Yatra on Monday.

21 political parties were invited for the ceremony, but some parties are not attending due to security reasons. 

Trinamool Congress, Samajwadi Party and TDP are among those parties which will not attend the ceremony.

MK Stalin-led Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Tejashwi Yadav-led Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United), Uddhav Thackeray’s Shiv Sena, CPI(M), CPI, Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK), Kerala Congress, Farooq Abdullah-led National Conference, Mehbooba Mufti’s Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Shibu Soren’s Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) to take participate in the function in Srinagar.

Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra also joined the Bharat Jodo Yatra on Saturday along with brother Rahul Gandhi. 

The Bharat Jodo Yatra resumed from Chersu village in Awantipora on Friday after being canceled due to alleged security breach. 

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti also joined the yatra in Awantipora. At the same time, the local police has denied any security lapse during the yatra. 

Rejecting the allegations, Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) of the area Vijay Kumar on Saturday said that there was no lapse in security during the Bharat Jodo Yatra.

Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge on Friday wrote to Union Home Minister Amit Shah regarding Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s security lapse on January 27 ” incident and sought his personal intervention in ensuring adequate security for the Bharat Jodo Yatra in Jammu and Kashmir.

Kharge mentioned in his letter, “We are expecting a huge turnout at the Bharat Jodo Yatra in the next two days and also a huge public meeting at the function to be held on January 30 in Srinagar. Senior leaders and leaders of other important political parties are participating in the closing ceremony to be held on this day”.

Meanwhile Rahul Gandhi on Sunday unfurled the national flag amid tight security at the historic clock tower at Lal Chowk in Srinagar as part of his ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’. 

Rahul took a 30-minute break from the journey at Sonawar before leaving for Ghantaghar to unfurl the tricolor and reached the state Congress Committee’s headquarters at Maulana Azad Road.

During the hoisting of the national flag at Lal Chowk, Rahul’s sister and Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and leaders of the party’s Jammu and Kashmir unit were present there. 

The security arrangements for this ten-minute program were very strong. All the roads leading to Lal Chowk were sealed since Saturday night itself and the movement of vehicles was completely banned.

Shops, business establishments and the weekly flea market were closed in view of security arrangements for the flag hoisting by the former Congress president at Lal Chowk.

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