Mumbai (Maharashtra): Bharat Jodo Yatra entered Maharashtra this week and it was expected that NCP Chief Sharad Pawar would join the Yatra to show support and solidarity with the mission. But as he is currently hospitalised, he will be unable to join its Maharastra leg.
The news of the development was provided by Congress General Secretary Jairam Ramesh who said, “NCP chief Sharad Pawar is in hospital, Rahul Gandhi and I talked to him. The doctor has recommended a 3-4-week rest. Hence, Sharad Pawar will not be joining the ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ tomorrow,” Jairam Ramesh said.
However, former Maharashtra minister Aaditya Thackeray will join the yatra.
NCP’s Jayant Patil, Supriya Sule and Jitendra Awhad have joined today.
Rahul Gandhi will travel through 15 Assembly and 6 parliamentary constituencies in five districts of Maharashtra in 15 days and cover a distance of 382 kms.
The yatra has already covered parts of Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Telangana.
Bharat Jodo Yatra, which began on September 7 from Kanyakumari, will cover a further distance of 2,355 km in its 3,570-km march. It will end in Kashmir next year. It is the longest march on foot by any Indian politician in the history of India, the Congress claimed earlier in a statement.