JDU turns down Congress invite to join Bharat Jodo yatra in Srinagar

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By: Santosh Singh
Updated: 26 January, 2023 4:38 pm IST

Janata Dal United (JDU) on Thursday declined Congress party’s invitation to join the final leg of ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ to be held in Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar on January 30. In a letter addressed to Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge, JDU National President Lalan Singh thanked Congress party for the invitation, adding that he will not be able to join the Bharat Jodo Yatra due to prior obligations.

“Thank you for the letter inviting me to the concluding event of the Bharat Jodo Yatra to be held on 30th January 2023 at Srinagar. I have carefully gone through the contents of your letter and share the sentiments you have expressed therein [ . . . ] Much as I would like to be present at the historic event, I regret my inability to do so, as I need to be present at the launching of the party’s election campaign at Wokha in Nagaland the same day,” he wrote.


JDU also reaffirmed its belief in forming a united opposition against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead of 2024 General elections. The letter stated, “I sincerely believe, the Bharat Jodo Yatra has also given an opportunity to study, experience and sense the mood and anxieties of the people first hand, which I am sure will go a long way in helping us formulate joint strategies in the run up to the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. My party sincerely feels that the need of the hour is a unified opposition and expects that the Indian National Congress takes appropriate steps in this direction. As President of the Janata Dal (United) I, on behalf of my party, the party’s supreme leader Mr. Nitish Kumar. Hon’ble Chief Minister of Bihar and crores of members of the party wish the event every success.”

Singh further said that democracy in India is under threat. The letter stated, “There are no two opinions that there is decline in democratic values in the country and that the Constitutional institutions that are supposed to ensure checks and balances on unrestrained executive power are being systematically destroyed. The pace at which the country is fast transforming itself from an electoral democracy to an electoral autocracy, to say the least, is – frightening.”

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