Rahul marks century of yatra on Sachin’s home turf; Dausa crowd on feet

The electrifying atmosphere in Dausa and the warm welcome that Gandhi received can also be read as a show of strength on Pilot’s part. Pilot is a frontrunner for future CM face of the state.

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By: TNI Team
Updated: 16 December, 2022 9:37 pm IST

As Rahul Gandhi marked the 100th day of his Bharat Jodo Yatra on Friday, the place he chose to celebrate this milestone has great political significance for Rajasthan. Dausa is the bastion of Sachin Pilot, who has been locked in a cold war with Chief Minister of the state Ashok Gehlot over state leadership.

The electrifying atmosphere in Dausa and the warm welcome that Gandhi received can also be read as a show of strength on Pilot’s part. Pilot is a frontrunner for future CM face of the state.

Crowd peeped from every roof and door in the streets of Dausa as Pilot who has been an MP from here led Gandhi in his march. His father Rajesh Pilot, contested his first elections from this constituency on the insistence of Indira Gandhi in 1984. Rama Pilot – Sachin Pilot’s mother has also been an MP from here.

Rahul Gandhi also chose to bring a galaxy of MLAs from neighbouring Himachal Pradesh.

Following the massive welcome, he addressed the press on issues ranging from relevance of Congress’ political relevance, employment and China. He accused the press of painting Congress as an irrelevant party. “We are an ideological opposition to BJP and RSS. The regional party does not have the vision of the country. Regional parties represent caste, class, state.” he said.

On the recent escalations in the China-India border in Tawang sector, he said, “I can tell you these are not incursions, China is preparing for war.”

“Our government is hiding the information on the preparations of China. The Government of India does not work strategically, it works on an event basis. When it comes to geopolitics, events do not work there. Foreign Minister`s statements keep coming, but he needs to deepen his understanding,” he added.

The yatra, which was launched on September 7 in Kanyakumari has traversed eight states – Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and now, Rajasthan.

The yatra will enter Delhi on December 24, and after a break of about eight days, move on to Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab and finally, Jammu and Kashmir.

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