Rahul Gandhi begins long march to revive India’s Congress Party | Daily News

Rahul Gandhi begins long march to revive India’s Congress Party

Rahul Gandhi
Rahul Gandhi

INDIA: On Wednesday, the leader of India’s main opposition Congress Party embarked on a long march across the country.

Accompanying Rahul Gandhi on the journey to “unite India” will be more than 100 members of his Congress party. It will be a five-month-long, 3,570km (2,218-mile) trek through 12 states. During his journey, Gandhi will meet people in the day and sleep in makeshift accommodation at night. The trek will be livestreamed on a website, and songs will be played relaying its message.

At its heart, the Bharat Jodo Yatra (Unite India March) is political, targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s governing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

The march is equally an attempt at reviving the flagging spirits of an exhausted party and beefing up the sagging image of its leader. “We are going out to listen to people, not to give them lectures,” Jairam Ramesh, another party leader, said.

Listening to people is always a good idea. Since 2014, when Prime Minister Modi swept to power in India, the Congress has been in free-fall. It has been routed by the BJP in two successive federal elections, and has lost 40 of 45 state elections. The party now rules in a paltry two states, and is stricken by dissent. It is unclear what the Congress - which has lost most of its traditional voters to the BJP - stands for, apart from a vision of a secular India.



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