Day 23: Rahul Gandhi Promises To Abolish The 50% Reservation Limit

On the 23rd day of the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra, a vibrant start was made from the sacred land of Bhagwan Birsa Munda. Yatra began with a tremendous turnout at Gandhi Chowk in Ramgarh, Jharkhand. Thousands of people were waiting for the Yatra to resume, waiting to march along with it, showing that the Yatra is having a local impact and being covered relatively extensively in the media. More importantly, it raises morale and energises the organisation in every state it passes through.

On the way to Ranchi, the Nyay Yatra stopped at the Shaheed Sthal in Chutupalu Ghati to pay tribute to Sheikh Bhikhari and Tikait Umarav Singh. These two valiant figures played pivotal roles in the Indian independence struggle, sacrificing their lives during the 1857 revolution. On January 8, 1858, they faced execution by hanging at the Chutupalu Ghati Shaheed Sthal.

While the Yatra unfolded, Shri Gandhi encountered two young laborers by the roadside, transporting coal on bicycles. Intrigued, he engaged in conversation with these individuals, gaining insights into their daily challenges. The youths shared details about their manual labor earnings and the demanding cycling routine with coal loads weighing approximately 200 kilograms over 30 to 40 kilometers daily. These coal-filled bags were sold in the market to sustain their livelihoods. To comprehend their experiences, Shri Gandhi even pushed the bicycle for a short distance.

Subsequently, at a local dhaba, Shri Gandhi interacted with representatives from the ‘Loktantra Bachao’ Group and other organizations. The discussions delved into topics such as unemployment, communal violence, and the declining state of democracy in the country. In Ormanjhi, he engaged with handloom weavers, exploring the challenges they faced post-GST implementation and the indifferent market attitude towards the handloom industry.

Shri Gandhi visited the residence of former Chief Minister of Jharkhand, Shri Hemant Soren, meeting his wife, Smt. Kalpana Murmu Soren. Expressing confidence, he asserted that Congress and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) would confront the unethical policies of the central government, and Shri Soren would be exonerated from false charges soon.

After that, Shri Gandhi went to Shaheed Maidan, Ranchi, where a Maha Jansabha was announced. Addressing the public, he vehemently opposed the central government’s privatization of government companies. He highlighted the looming privatization threat over Heavy Engineering Corporation Ltd. (HEC) and other public sector entities.

Shri Gandhi declared, ‘You understand the word injustice very well because injustice is being done against you. It is a public sector enterprise, Narendra Modi ji, and their government is slowly and gradually strangulating it. Because the government and BJP want that HEC should not work. Today, people from HEC have come, but there is some such public sector unit wherever I go. People are seen standing with banners, posters and flags. BHEL, HAL, and HEC because the Modi government wants to kill all the public sector units slowly and use the same nameplate. Not BHEL, HAL, HEC, and Indian Oil, but Adani. Those who work here, who have given their blood and sweat for years, they want to make them all unemployed, and I will tell you from this stage and remember this Congress party will not let this happen.’

Shri Gandhi continued. He made a significant announcement on the reservation issue. He stated, ‘Nowadays, one cannot get more than 50 percent reservation. The Congress Party and the INDIA Alliance Government will throw away this limit of 50 percent. I am giving you a guarantee.’

The powerful speech by Shri Gandhi garnered strong support from the public. The people of Jharkhand expressed discontent with the repressive policies of the central government. Shri Gandhi also criticized the unethical arrest of former Chief Minister of Jharkhand, Shri Hemant Soren. He said, ‘Why should they remove your government here? Because they cannot accept the fact that Jharkhand has a tribal Chief Minister. They cannot accept this. That is why they tried to remove our government and Congress Party, JMM, all together stood in a line in front of them, and the government was saved.’

Shri Gandhi also condemned the central government for using agencies like ED and CBI to intimidate the opposition. He stated, ‘They do this in every state, wherever they get a chance, either by using CBI, ED, Income Tax or giving money. They are attacking democracy, they are attacking the Constitution. Because they want to suppress the voice of the people and the Congress Party, our alliance, the India Alliance, the voice of democracy will never be allowed to be suppressed.’

Following the address at the public meeting, Shri Gandhi and the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra proceeded towards Kutchery Ground for overnight rest.

“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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