GUWAHATI: The Rahul Gandhi-led Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra will be entering Assam from neighbouring Nagaland on January 18 through the Haluating on the Assam-Nagaland border. It is expected to begin in the morning itself.
After entering Assam, the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra is scheduled to proceed to several locations in Upper Assam. A roadshow and public meeting will take place in Amguri; a public meeting in Gibon; and a roadshow in Mariani and Jorhat towns is on the schedule for the leader, followed by a night stay in Jorhat.
On the next day, January 19, the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra is scheduled to proceed to Majuli from Jorhat via Nimatighat to Afalaghat by ferry. A roadshow is on the cards from Afalaghat to Kamalabari Ghat, and then from Kamalabari Ghat to Auniati Xatra. This will be followed by roadshows at Jengraimukh and Dhakuakhana, and will end the day with a stay at Dhakuakhana.
On Saturday, the rally is planned to start at Boginadi, followed by roadshows in Lakhimpur, Laluk, Harmati, and Naoboicha, before the participants move to Arunachal Pradesh and move for the night's stay in Itanagar.
Rahul Gandhi is expected to stay in Assam until January 25 before moving to West Bengal via the Baxirhat border. The Assam Pradesh Congress Committee is leaving no stone unturned to make the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra a success. A total of 25 subcommittees have been formed for the same. Rahul Gandhi is expected to travel a total of 833 km in Assam over 8 days and through 17 districts of the state.
The All India Mahila Congress president, Alka Lamba, addressed a press meet in Rajiv Bhawan, Guwahati, and spoke about the yatra. She mentioned that the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra will bring justice to the oppressed women of the region as women-related topics will be taken up by the leader. She mentioned that the economic, social, and political empowerment of women will be discussed in the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra. She also pointed out that at the time when Rajiv Gandhi was the prime minister of the country, 33% of reservations for women were made compulsory at the panchayat and local bodies. But nothing has been done about similar reservations at the Vidhan Sabha and Lok Sabha as of now.
Mentioning that although the current government has passed the Women Reservation Act, 2023, they do not plan to implement it just yet, adding that if the INDIA coalition comes to power in the upcoming elections, they will immediately implement the act and enforce the same in the legislative elections for Maharashtra, Delhi, and Haryana, which will be held after the Lok Sabha elections.
Alka Lamba also met with the family members of Junmoni Rabha. Rabha's mother mentioned that she wants justice for her daughter's death, which was in May last year.