Rahul Gandhi not to unfurl tricolour at Lal Chowk

Congress terms unfurling of tricolour at Lal Chowk is part of the RSS agenda

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By: Raja Muneeb | SRINAGAR
Updated: 19 January, 2023 9:45 pm IST
JKNC chief Farooq Abdullah received Rahul Gandhi at Lakhanpur in Jammu

The Congress Bharat Jodo Yatra courted controversy on the very day it entered the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir as the party backtracked from its decision to unfurl the flag at Lalchowk in Srinagar.

Congress cited that the party decided not to unfurl the tricolour at Lalchowk as it is part of the RSS agenda.

AICC in-charge and MP Rajni Patil said that Gandhi will not hoist the national flag at Lal Chowk. She said, “The party believes that the unfurling of the tricolour at Lal Chowk in Kashmir is part of ‘the RSS agenda”.

Instead, Gandhi will hoist the national flag at party headquarters in Srinagar on January 30. The change in decision came after the BJP accused the Congress party of being two years late in unfurling the national flag at Lal Chowk in Srinagar.

Meanwhile, JKNC chief Farooq Abdullah along with his senior party members left Srinagar today to receive Rahul Gandhi at Lakhanpur, Jammu.

Apart from Farooq Abdullah, former BJP leader and former minister Choudhary Lal Singh also received Rahul Gandhi at Lakhanpur.

The decision of the state Congress unit to allow Lal Singh to be part of the rally has triggered the resignation of spokesperson Deepika Pushkar Nath.

Nath took to Twitter to announce her resignation from the party on ideological grounds. “In view of Choudhary Lal Singh’s proposal of joining the Bharat Jodo Yatra and Congress allowing the same, I am left with no other option but to resign from Congress. Lal Singh was responsible for sabotaging the Kathua rape case in 2018 by brazenly defending rapists,” she tweeted.

Meanwhile, Gandhi is expected to hold multiple public meetings all across the UT during his 12-day yatra. Gandhi is scheduled to enter the valley on January 27. On January 30, Gandhi is scheduled to hold a mega rally at Sher-e-Kashmir stadium in Srinagar.

Apart from JKNC leaders Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah, JKPDP patron Mehbooba Mufti is also expected to join Rahul Gandhi in Srinagar.

Security agencies have also reviewed the security arrangements of the Gandhi-led yatra and special security arrangements have been made along the routes covering the Gandhi-led yatra.

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