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Congress Invites 24 Parties to ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ Close

© AP Photo / Bhumika SaraswatiCongress Party supporters hold party flags and walk with their leader Rahul Gandhi during a march in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2022.
Congress Party supporters hold party flags and walk with their leader Rahul Gandhi during a march in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2022. - Sputnik India, 1920, 11.01.2023
The party is looking to "strengthen" its message of "harmony and equality" by inviting all the political parties to the close of the 3,570 km-long march.
As many as 24 like-minded parties have been invited by Congress to participate in the concluding program of its "Bharat Jodo Yatra" (Unite India Campaign) in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, on January 30.
The invite was sent to the presidents of the parties on Wednesday by Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge.

Who Was Invited and Who Was Not?

The political parties which have been invited include West Bengal-ruling Trinamool Congress, Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal United, Chandrababu Naidu's Telugu Desam Party, Communist Party of India – Marxist (CPI-M), Lalu Yadav's Rashtriya Janata Dal, Akhilesh Yadav's Samajwadi Party and Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party.
Notably, Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party was not invited.
Congress politician Jairam Ramesh shared the letter sent to all the parties by Kharge on Twitter, in which he wrote: “At this event, we commit ourselves to fighting hatred and violence, to spread the message of truth, compassion and non-violence and to defend the constitutional values of liberty, equality, fraternity and justice for all.”

“At the time of crisis for your country, where public attention is systematically diverted from people’s issues, the Yatra has emerged as a powerful voice. I hope you will participate and further strengthen its message,” his letter read.

Several like-minded political parties and prominent personalities have already joined the campaign in a number of states — but some of the opposition parties have decided to skip.
In Uttar Pradesh and Delhi, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati and Delhi state chief and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal stayed away. Similarly, Telangana Rashtra Samithi stayed away from the march while it passed through Telangana.
The Bharat Jodo Yatra was launched on September 7, 2022, from Tamil Nadu.
On Tuesday, the campaign entered Punjab, where Rahul Gandhi paid respects to the Gurdwara Fatehgarh Sahib. It will further move to Congress-ruling Himachal Pradesh on January 19 and then close in Jammu and Kashmir on January 30.
In Jammu and Kashmir, members of the National Conference and Mehbooba Mufti's People's Democratic Party and the local unit of Congress ally Shiv Sena will join the march.