March against politics of fear and hatred, says Rahul Gandhi
“That is not our history,” he said, “our history is of love, mutual brotherhood and unity among people.”
Speaking at a public meeting before commencing the Punjab portion of the march, Gandhi said he felt humbled to visit the martyrdom site of Guru Gobind Singh’s two young sons, who chose to give their lives in the fight against injustice and intolerance. .
He also thanked the people and party employees for participating in the yatra so early in the morning despite the biting cold.
Gandhi made a clear, ideological distinction between the BJP and the Congress, saying “while they (BJP) practice the politics of hate, violence and fear, we practice the politics of love, unity and brotherhood”.
Gandhi said that during the journey of about 3,000 km so far he had met different segments of the people, including farmers, traders, small shopkeepers, workers, unemployed youths and students. “The purpose of this yatra is to listen to people instead of telling our own point of view.”
Former Aam Aadmi Party MP from Patiala Dharamvir Gandhi and film actress Jonita Dhoda also joined the yatra.
Gandhi also later interacted with senior ex-servicemen and a panel of Punjabi historians, economists, sociologists and agricultural experts.
He was on the 117th day of the Bharat Jodo Yatra which started on September 7, 2022 in Kanyakumari and will culminate in the hoisting of the tricolor in Srinagar on January 30.
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