Day 18: Jay Jawan-Yuva Nyay

The Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra progressed from Katihar to Malda, West Bengal. Before commencing today’s journey, the bus for the Nyay Yatra halted at a training ground where youth preparing for recruitment in the Agniveer were practising. Shri Gandhi spoke to 10-12 aspirants. The youth informed Shri Gandhi about the injustices in the Agnipath Scheme. They explained the true intentions behind the Agnipath Scheme initiated by the Modi government. They also discussed the injustices being imposed on the youth by the Modi government.

After talking to the youth and understanding their grievances, the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra headed towards the Bengal border. Just like every day, a crowd of thousands eagerly joined the Nyay Yatra, excited to catch a glimpse of Shri Rahul Gandhi. At some point in Katihar, the crowds were so enormous that the security cordons got entangled in the car windshield and cracked it. It became a media conversation with some allegations of stone-throwing in the mix – in reality, it was just a crisis borne of the Yatra’s success.

The roadshow, starting from Shaheed Chowk in Katihar, continued for about 2 kilometers, reaching DS College. Due to the overwhelming crowd, Shri Gandhi had to intermittently halt his padyatra to ensure the safety of security personnel. Stopping near DS College, Shri Gandhi addressed the crowd and criticised the Central government again.

He said, ‘Love is essential for any nation to move forward. BJP and RSS supporters are spreading hatred in the country. Therefore, the Congress Party and the INDIA alliance stand against them and won’t let them spread hatred.’ The Congress Party is rallying the public against the politics of hatred of the ruling party, and we are spreading love, affection, and brotherhood. In Shri Rahul Gandhi’s words, ‘Nafrat Ke Bazar Mein, Mohabbat Ki Dukan’ kholne aaye hain. Mr. Gandhi’s appeal about love, affection, and brotherhood resonates strongly with the public everywhere. The entire area reverberates with the sound of applause.

Shri Gandhi explained one of the five principles of Nyay of the Congress, Samajik Nyay, to the public. He said, ‘In Bharat Jodo Yatra, we have associated the word ‘Nyay’. Behind the word ‘Nyay’ are economic justice and social justice. The next revolutionary step in social justice is the caste census. We want to know there are how many OBCs and how much wealth they have, how many tribals there are and how much wealth they have, how many Dalits, backward classes, minorities, and upper castes there are. We want the benefit to reach the poor and the weak.’

After addressing the public, the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra moved towards its destination. In the afternoon, the yatra reached the Bihar-West Bengal border. In a program organized in Malda, the President of the Bihar Pradesh Congress handed over the national flag to the West Bengal Pradesh Congress President.

After Bihar, Siliguri, now Malda, also witnessed a massive crowd joining Shri Gandhi. The highlight of today’s Yatra was a 45-kilometer-long roadshow by Shri Rahul Gandhi in the heavily populated Malda district. The response was unbelievable. It took hours to get through. In every village through which the Yatra convoy passed, the crowds mobbed the bus, even in the most uncommon places such as Rathua or Milki. After many hours, Yatra reached English Bazaar, an old colonial-era town at the heart of this historic district, and the roadshow ended in a public address. The Yatra must have interacted with nearly every house in the district, that was the level of spontaneous mobilisation the Yatra witnessed.

The Nyay Yatra convoy stopped in Debipur. Congress General Secretary Shri Jairam Ramesh and Youth Congress leader Kanhaiya Kumar addressed the press during the lunch break. Criticizing the government’s Agnipath Scheme, Kanhaiya Kumar said, ‘The Agnipath Scheme has been introduced in haste. No advice or consultation was sought from the defense committee, parliament, defense experts, or opposition. The ongoing recruitments were suddenly halted. Those who had already been selected, around 1.5 lakh of them, did not receive appointment letters. All of them are struggling continuously. The Agnipath Scheme, connected to our security system, is the foundation of our country’s security. It raises questions of unemployment across the country.’

On this occasion, the Congress Party launched the ‘Jay Jawan’ campaign and released its poster. This campaign will raise the voices of youth affected by the Agnipath Scheme. The poster contains a ‘QR code’ that anyone can scan to join this campaign. There is also a website for this campaign – Apart from this, youth can also share their problems by giving a missed call. The number for missed calls is 9999812024. Youth are appealed to join this campaign if they are related to employment, recruitment, and the Agnipath Scheme.

After the lunch break, the yatra set off for the rest of the journey. With the overwhelming presence of thousands of people, the Nyay Yatra marched towards English Bazar in Malda. In Malda, Shri Gandhi got into a jeep that drove ahead of the bus. The bus has now become an icon of political symbolism in India. It is immensely popular with people. When people realized that Kanhaiya Kumar was on it, chants of ‘Bihar ka Sher’ rang through the crowd as he came to the front of the bus to interact with the crowds.

In the evening, the procession reached the English Bazar. Here, Shri Gandhi addressed the massive crowd. He informed the people about the five principles of Nyay in the massive Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra:

Arthik Nyay,
Samajik Nyay,
Kisan Nyay,
Shramik Nyay, and
Naari Nyay.

In conclusion, he appealed to the people present to stand together in this fight against hatred. He said, ‘I want to tell every citizen of Bengal that you need to show the way to the entire country. Bengal has produced great intellectuals – Rabindranath Tagore, Amartya Sen, Subhas Chandra Bose – the state has received the most Nobel Prizes. So, it is your responsibility to stand in this fight against the ideology of hatred by RSS-BJP.’

After greeting the thousands of people present, the yatra headed towards its campsite for the night.

“Any individual in the country who feels subjected to injustice, experiencing any form of unfair treatment, holds the potential to transform into a Nyay Yoddha. If you harbour the aspiration to become a Nyay Yoddha, give a missed call at 9891802024.”

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