Day 16: No One Understands Social Justice Better Than Bihar

The sixteenth day of the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra commenced in Chopra, North Dinajpur, West Bengal. Just like the previous day in Bengal, a multitude of people gathered to join the procession led by Shri Gandhi and the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra convoy. The enthusiasm and support from the people continued as the bus embarked on its journey towards Bihar, crossing the Bengal border. The first destination in Bihar was Kishanganj.

During the journey, Shri Gandhi’s convoy made a stop at a tea shop where he observed some truck drivers taking a break. Spontaneously, Shri Gandhi decided to halt for a while. Engaging in a brief conversation amidst sips of tea, Shri Gandhi connected with the truck drivers, learning about their lives and concerns.

Resuming the journey, the Nyay Yatra bus entered Bihar, greeted by a large crowd eagerly awaiting Shri Gandhi and the procession. People expressed their solidarity with Shri Gandhi and the Congress party’s fight against injustice. Shri Gandhi led a padyatra from the National Highway Kishanganj to Shaeed Ashfaq Ulla Khan Stadium in Kishanganj.

At the stadium, the President of The West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee handed over the National Flag to Shri Akhilesh Prasad Singh, the President of Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee, symbolising the official entry of Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra into Bihar.

Addressing the massive gathering in the stadium, Shri Gandhi stated, ‘Without social and economic justice, this country cannot progress. These are not just empty words. The development they discuss cannot be achieved without social and economic justice.’

Shri Gandhi also shed light on the injustices faced by the OBCs, Dalits, backward classes and minorities in the country. He emphasised, ‘The whole country knows that the largest population in the country belongs to the OBC category. Approximately 50% of the population belongs to the OBC category. There are 15% Dalits, 12% Adivasis, and around 15% minorities. I want to tell the OBCs here that 90 IAS officers run the government of India. Out of these 90 officers, only 3 are from the OBC category. And if 100 rupees are distributed in the budget, only 5 rupees go to the officers from the OBC category. This is the truth, and this injustice is happening with the OBCs, Dalits, and Adivasis. That is why we have decided to work for Samajik Nyay in the most revolutionary way.’

He also appealed to the people of Bihar to once again become pioneers in the social revolution and fulfil their responsibility towards the nation. Shri Gandhi emphasised the importance of economic and social justice for progress in the country, stating that no one understands social justice better than Bihar.

After this address to the people, the Nyay Yatra headed towards Budhimaari for the afternoon break. Following lunch, the Nyay Yatra commenced from the Tupamari village in Kishanganj and proceeded towards its second phase, which was towards Araria. During this time, representatives of the All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) had a meeting with Shri Gandhi. Also, they discussed in detail the need for minimum wages for the labourers, the necessity of organising labourers, and the cost of living.

They extensively discussed the widespread unemployment among the youth in Bihar, the lack of healthcare services in the state, and the inadequacy of the education system in the state.

On the way, Shri Gandhi also met with some local legislators and gathered information about the status of their constituencies. In Araria, Shri Gandhi had to halt his march once again due to the enormous crowds, making it impossible to proceed with the roadshow. The enthusiastic crowd, numbering in the thousands, and the congested streets made it impractical for Shri Gandhi to continue the padyatra. The roadshow started from Zero Mile in Araria and proceeded to Chandni Chowk. Afterwards, Shri Gandhi addressed his supporters, who were present in large numbers.

He said, ‘We have talked about social justice, caste census. The first step of social justice is the caste census. It determines how many backward classes, how many tribals, how many Dalits, and how many in the general category are in this country. It is like an X-ray of the country. After the X-ray, the share of the backward, the share of the Dalits that is determined, Congress Party is going to work towards ensuring that they get their share.’

Following this address, as Shri Gandhi proceeded towards the camp, he stopped at a temple to pay his respects and seek blessings. The procession then moved towards P.D. Yadav Inter College, where arrangements were made for the Bharat Jodo Nyaya Yatra convoy to stay for the night.

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