In June, the altercate of the factionalism within the Haryana Congress was seen in the Rajya Sabha polls in the state when senior party leader Ajay Maken lost the election. The defeat in the Adampur bypoll in November dealt another blow to Congress. But the party is now pulling out all the stops to put up a united front for Rahul Gandhi-led Bharat Jodo Yatra’s Haryana leg.
In the Rajya Sabha election, former party leader Kuldeep Bishnoi went against Maken to vote for independent candidate Kartikeya Sharma, who was backed by the ruling BJP-JJP combine. Bishnoi later quit the Congress to join the BJP. His son Bhavya Bishnoi contested from the Adampur seat, which had fallen vacant, and won it by a margin of 16,000 votes.
The AICC leadership has appointed senior Gujarat Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP Shaktisinh Gohil as the new Haryana in-charge, who has already begun holding meetings with party leaders to avoid any issues when the Bharat Jodo Yatra passes through the state.
Saying that all party leaders in the state would welcome Gandhi and join him, Hooda said: “The Yatra will be a grand success. Every Congress party worker is enthusiastic and upbeat to associate themselves with this nationwide Yatra.”
The Yatra will pass through Haryana in two phases, entering the state on December 21 to head towards Delhi. Before entering Punjab, it will again pass through the state on January 6 or 7.
Between December 21 and 23, Gandhi and other Congress party workers will cover an 80-kilometre stretch. On the first day, the Yatra will enter Haryana from the Mudka border. Haryana Congress leaders are expected to welcome the Yatra and walk alongside Gandhi on the day.
The Yatra is scheduled to reach Firozepur Jhirka and then the Akera village for an overnight halt. The next day Gandhi is expected to go to the Ghasora village in Mewat, which has a historical significance. Mahatma Gandhi came to the village at the time of the Partition and urged the Muslim community not to go to Pakistan.
During the second phase, the Yatra is expected to enter Haryana’s Panipat district, where a public rally will likely be held. After that, it will move to Karnal, Kurukshetra, and Ambala.