Day 20: They Can Threaten, They Won’t Win

The twentieth day of the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra brought a mix of challenges and highlights. Notably, it coincided with the tenth-grade examinations conducted by the Bengal Education Board. Upon learning about this, Congress leader Shri Rahul Gandhi made the decision to temporarily halt the journey until 2 PM, ensuring that it would not disturb the ongoing exams for the students.

During this break, Shri Gandhi engaged in a light-hearted conversation with the journalists covering the Yatra. He also exchanged playful banter with the Bengal Congress President, Adhir Ranjan Choudhury. The journalists informed Shri Gandhi, saying, ‘If there were a voter card for children, he would get the highest number of votes. We are witnessing your craze for the first time. You are truly a youth leader. Now, you have become Bengal’s ‘Rahul Da.’

In the same vein, with a playful gesture, Shri Gandhi, sitting beside the State Congress President, remarked, ‘He hasn’t offered me, Mishti Doi, I like Mishti Doi.’ Watch the endearing banter-filled conversation between Shri Gandhi, Shri Choudhury, and the journalists in the video.

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The Yatra resumed at 2 PM, advancing towards the border of Jharkhand. Along the route, Shri Gandhi encountered workers engaged in the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). These laborers expressed their concerns to Shri Gandhi, revealing that they had not received their hard-earned wages for the past two years. The reason behind this predicament was the BJP-led central government’s failure to allocate funds to the West Bengal government. This situation exemplifies the irony of the slogan ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’! The workers also requested a photograph with Shri Gandhi, a request that the Congress leader graciously accepted.

Under the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra, Shri Gandhi also met individuals who chose to become Nyay Yodha. He thanked them for supporting the Congress in the ongoing fight against injustice and got some photographs clicked. Shri Gandhi’s car journey continued towards the Jharkhand border after this interaction.

The Yatra reached Hiranpur, Pakur in Jharkhand, in the evening from Birbhum. A symbolic flag handover ceremony occurred, with the President of the West Bengal Congress handing over the national flag to the President of Jharkhand Congress, marking the official entry of the Yatra into Jharkhand.

Similar to the anticipation witnessed in Bengal and Bihar, Jharkhand also saw thousands of people eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra and Shri Rahul Gandhi. After the flag handover, Shri Gandhi addressed the crowd. Once again, Shri Gandhi elaborated on the five principles of justice upheld by the Congress while also extending congratulations to the people for successfully thwarting attempts at a political upheaval in Jharkhand.

Shri Gandhi remarked, ‘The BJP targeted the government you chose and tried to destabilise it. Their conspiracies were countered collectively, and today, our new Chief Minister is present here at this event. This is an ideological battle. Despite their financial resources and control over various agencies, we remain unaffected. We do not fear the BJP. I extend my congratulations to the people of Jharkhand for not succumbing to fear, standing steadfast, and preserving their government.’

After the address, the Yatra continued towards Jogeshwar, where arrangements for the convoy’s overnight stay were made.

“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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