Day 10: Paanch Nyay-Yuva, Kisaan, Naari, Shramik, Bhagidari

The tenth day of the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra marked another episode of the journey’s resilience. Overcoming the challenges of the previous day, the Yatra resumed its course. In the morning, Rahul Gandhi started the day with a meeting with members of the North East Coordination Committee (NECC). NECC shared concerns about the crisis faced by the states in the Northeast with Mr. Gandhi.

Following the NECC meeting, a scheduled interaction with students from USTM University in Jorabat was on the agenda. However, the Assam government, in an attempt to create obstacles for the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra and stifle Rahul Gandhi’s pursuit of justice, directed the university management to deny Rahul Gandhi access to the students. In response, hundreds of students came out of the campus in solidarity.

Rahul Gandhi addressed the students, stating, ‘The most important thing about this country is that all of you are allowed to think freely, believe freely, imagine freely, and to live the life you want, not what somebody else wants you to live. I wanted to come to your university and talk to you, embrace you, listen to you, understand what you are facing, and try to see in my little way if I could help you. Now, what happened was the Home Minister of India called the CM of Assam, and the CM called up your university management and said Rahul Gandhi must not be allowed to speak to the students of this University.

You are being told that you must blindly obey the RSS and the leadership of this country; you are being told that you should not have your imagination; you are being told that you cannot speak your language; you are being told that you can not have your history, you are being made blindly obedient, they are trying to turn you into a slave. But nobody, no force in this universe, can ever turn you into a slave. This country belongs to you, and this country has to follow your imagination.’

Post this spontaneous interaction, Rahul Gandhi met with members of civil society who shared their difficulties with him. Following this meeting, the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra continued towards Guwahati.

However, in Guwahati, the Assam government, in an authoritarian move, prevented Rahul Gandhi and the Yatra convoy from entering the city, citing concerns about disturbing peace. Barricades were set up. Rahul Gandhi’s convoy, marching with a crowd of 5000 people, was denied entry into their own country, within its borders, among its people. Even Assam Police lathi-charged the Congress workers and NSUI members.

After the halt in the journey, Rahul Gandhi addressed the people present. He stated, ‘Bajrang Dal rallies and JP Nadda rallies have taken place on this route, but they are stopping the Congress party’s padayatra here. There was a barricade; we threw it. But we will not break the law. The Chief Minister of Assam, the country’s Prime Minister, and the Home Minister can break the law, but a Congress worker will not. However, do not think we are weak because we did not break your barricade. This is the strength of Congress workers. Congress workers are lions. Recognise your power. The people of Assam are being suppressed every day.’

‘Nafrat Ke Bazar Mein, Mohabbat Ki Dukan’, has had an impact, to the extent that the Himanta government has filed an FIR against Rahul Gandhi for allegedly inciting people and disrupting peace in Guwahati. Later, during the lunch break in Kamrup, Assam, Rahul Gandhi addressed the Press.

He talked about the five pillars of the Nyay Yatra, ie. Paanch Nyay-

    • Yuva Nyay
    • Bhagidari Nyay
    • Naari Nyay
    • Kisaan Nyay
    • Shramik Nyay

Rahul Gandhi stated, ‘For these pillars, the Congress party will present a program in front of you in the next one and a half months.’

He also answered questions from the press. Responding to the questions about the halt in his padayatra in Guwahati today, Rahul Gandhi said, ‘The Chief Minister of Assam, who is opposing the journey, is benefiting us. The publicity that we might not get, Assam’s CM and perhaps Amit Shah behind him are helping us. Today, our Nyay Yatra has become the main issue for Assam. They are trying to scare us by not allowing Rahul Gandhi to meet the students. But we are not afraid. This is spreading our message of Nyay to every village, as people are now questioning why Rahul Gandhi is not allowed to meet the students.’

After lunch, the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra resumed its journey. At Kukar Par, Barpeta, Shri Gandhi had undertaken a padayatra in which hundreds of people accompanied him. Also, two delegations met with Mr. Gandhi. People affected by the NRL dumping ground handed over a memorandum to Mr. Gandhi, and representatives working for those displaced due to the NRC also gave a memorandum and explained their issues.

Before heading to the night camp, Mr. Gandhi addressed a public gathering and said, ‘A few days ago, your Chief Minister tweeted that Dalits, backward classes, upper castes, and Brahmins are born to serve. What greater insult could there be? I want to ask you why are you silent. You should not be silent. Dalits, OBCs, tribals, and minorities are no less than anyone else. We want to eliminate hatred. Our work is to ‘Nafrat Ke Bazar Mein, Mohabbat Ki Dukan’ in Assam, Arunachal, Manipur, and Nagaland. We work to unite the country.’

For the night halt, the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra headed towards Bishnupur in Assam.

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