Armed with walkie-talkies, dozens of Congress volunteers stroll in small teams both near their chief Rahul Gandhi or forward of him through the Bharat Jodo Yatra, managing the group and clearing the highway forward.
With a lot of them witnessing snowfall and sub-zero temperatures for the primary time, the volunteers are in excessive spirits and ecstatic to be approaching Kashmir, the ultimate vacation spot of the foot march that began from Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu in September final 12 months.
When not strolling beside Mr Gandhi, these sprightly volunteers are busy overseeing preparations at tenting websites and placing up billboards, amongst different issues.
“We’ve been shifting constantly because the yatra began on September 7. Most of the volunteers most popular to stay a part of this historic march and are shifting with the yatra to its last vacation spot in Kashmir,” Devender Yadav, the youngest MLA from Chhattisgarh who’s heading a bunch of 125 volunteers, informed PTI.
The 33-year-old former mayor of Bhilai stated all volunteers are blissful that the yatra is reaching its objective of spreading brotherhood.
“Our nation is filled with range and any battle between the communities could be very dangerous for our unity. The one purpose of the Bharat Jodo Yatra is to unite individuals in opposition to hatred and unfold the message of affection and brotherhood,” Yadav stated.
On assembly the individuals of Jammu, he stated, “They’re excellent and the way in which they acquired the yatra is a mirrored image of its success.” With lakhs becoming a member of the Bharat Jodo Yatra, managing crowds has proved to be a “massive problem” for the volunteers, Yadav stated.
“Managing such an enormous crowd was fairly inconceivable.
“We’ve braved scorching and humid climate, chilly and rain over the previous 4 months and now allow us to expertise snowfall and sub-zero temperature as effectively. We’re prepared for any scenario,” he stated.
The Bharat Jodo Yatra will enter Kashmir on January 27.
Rahul Rao, nationwide chairman of Indian Youth Congress’ media division, thanked his stars to have gotten the possibility to affix this “important and memorable” yatra.
Hailing from Haryana, Rao has been a part of the yatra from the day one and is chargeable for managing the camps the place the yatris keep for the evening.
“It has been a life-changing expertise for me and heading nearer to Kashmir, I’m feeling that my lengthy want to go to Kashmir shall be fulfilled shortly,” he stated.
Rahan Ramdayal from Jodhpur in Rajasthan stated the inclement climate doesn’t deter the volunteers and they’re “very excited” to enter Kashmir.
“Gandhi will not be feeling chilly and may be seen shifting round in a T-shirt on this winter. He’s getting power from the people who find themselves becoming a member of him and we’re drawing power from our chief,” he stated.
Earlier than the yatra began, Ramdayal stated, he was planning to go to Kashmir to witness snowfall and now lastly his dream shall be fulfilled.
One of many volunteers, Pandit Dinesh Sharma from Haryana, is strolling barefoot.
“My household has been a Congress supporter for generations and I really feel fortunate to have been a part of the Bharat Jodo Yatra from Kanyakumari. I’ve been strolling with none footwear or slippers for the final 12 years.
“I’ve pledged to not put on footwear until Rahul Gandhi turns into the prime minister of the nation,” stated Sharma, carrying the nationwide flag.
He stated Gandhi and all these accompanying him are “tapasvis” and “we’ve no worry of something, be it warmth, chilly, snow or rain”.
In addition to the volunteers, tons of of yatris are accompanying Gandhi.
Suraj Matte, a 69-year-old farmer from Uttar Pradesh, is travelling in his tractor, which he stated is an emblem of power and reads “Daro Mat” (do not be afraid).
He stated he joined the yatra in Delhi.
Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee spokesperson Jahanzaib Sirwal stated the occasion unit feels privileged to welcome the volunteers who’ve stood with Gandhi to strengthen the “thought of India”.
“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime occasion and being a part of it’s our pleasure. It offered a possibility for all of us to work together with one another and witness senior leaders, who’re aged above 80, transfer alongside Gandhi with nice zeal and power.” The cross-country Bharat Jodo Yatra will culminate with Gandhi unfurling the nationwide flag on the occasion headquarters in Srinagar and addressing a grand rally on the Sher-e-Kashmir Cricket Stadium on January 30.
(Aside from the headline, this story has not been edited by String Reveals employees and is printed from a syndicated feed.)
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