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Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra: Rahul Gandhi's cross-country march to skip western UP

Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has decided to shorten his Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra in Uttar Pradesh by skipping the western part of the state, saving five days, a party official said on Monday.

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Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has decided to shorten his Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra in Uttar Pradesh by skipping the western part of the state, saving five days, a party official said on Monday.

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The decision comes after indications that Samajwadi Party ally and Jayant Singh-led Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) may align with the BJP ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

According to Uttar Pradesh Congress spokesperson Anshu Awasthi, the duration of the yatra in UP has been reduced due to state board examinations for Classes 10 and 12.

The yatra was originally scheduled to travel through Uttar Pradesh from February 16 to February 26 before entering Rajasthan. However, it will now end on February 21 and enter Madhya Pradesh, skipping the western UP.

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"Setting an example of sensitivity, Rahul Gandhi ji has given public interest a priority on many occasions. Keeping in mind the UP Board examinations starting from February 22, the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra will remain in Uttar Pradesh from February 16 to February 21," Awasthi said.

"Earlier, Rahul Gandhi had cancelled his rallies in Bengal out of concern for the people during the COVID-19 period," a spokesperson for the party said.

Awasthi elaborated on the yatra's schedule in Uttar Pradesh, stating that it will enter the state through Varanasi on February 16 and arrive in Amethi on February 19 via Bhadohi, Prayagraj, and Pratapgarh.

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On February 19, Gandhi will address a public meeting in Gauriganj, Amethi Lok Sabha constituency and the yatra will continue to Rae Bareli the next day before heading to Lucknow. He said the marchers, including Gandhi, are likely to stop there for the night.

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