Bharat Jodo Yatra to Conclud Tom; 12 Oppn Parties to Attend Function

NEW DELHI: 12 opposition parties will attend the concluding function of Bharat Jodo Yatra on Monday, sources said today. They added that 21 parties were invited however, they denied to attend the climax citing security issues.

Trinamool Congress, Samajwadi Party, and TDP are among the parties to skip the function.

Those who will attend the function include MK Stalin-led Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Tejashwi Yadav-led Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United), Uddhav Thackeray’s Shiv Sena, CPI(M), CPI, Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK), Kerala Congress, Farooq Abdullah-led Jammu & Kashmir National Conference, Mehbooba Mufti’s Jammu and Kashmir People’s Democratic Party (PDP), and Shibu Soren’s Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM).

After the yatra resumed from the Chersoo village in Awantipora after being cancelled on Friday due to an alleged security breach, Priyanka Gandhi joined brother on concluding laps of the foot march. People Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti also joined the yatra in Awantipora.

Sunday is the last walking day of the yatra. Rahul Gandhi unfurled the Tricolor at Lal Chowk in Srinagar at 12 noon to mark the end of the foot march that began on September 7. After Lal Chowk, the yatra will travel to Nehru Park in the Boulevard area of the city.

The Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) of the area Vijay Kumar on Saturday dismissed the allegations and said that there was no security lapse during the campaign.

Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge on Friday highlighted a security lapse and wrote to Union Home Minister Amit Shah. “We are expecting a huge gathering to join the yatra over the next two days and also the function that will be held on January 30 at Srinagar. Many senior Congress leaders and leaders of other important political parties are attending the culmination functions to be held on January 30,” Mr Kharge said in his letter.

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