Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has abruptly halted his Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra in West Bengal and left for New Delhi, creating speculation amid the ongoing discord within the INDI alliance.
The move comes as Congress attempts to navigate the impasse with Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee, who recently announced her decision to go solo in the 2024 elections.
Meanwhile, Congress claims that the yatra is on a scheduled break after 12 continuous days and will resume on 28 January in Jalpaiguri.
Rahul Gandhi's Bharat Jodo Yatra had faced protests in Coochbehar earlier with people showing anti-Congress placards without any party symbols and flags.
As reported by Economic Times, during the Bengal leg of the yatra, Rahul Gandhi, unlike in Assam, refrained from walking and interacting with people.
Some political analysts also suggest that Congress is attempting to pacify Mamata Banerjee, who rejected Congress' proposed seat-sharing arrangement.
Furnishing reasons for the break in the Yatra, senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh wrote in his X Handle post , "After 12 continuous days in Manipur, Nagaland, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and Cooch Behar in West Bengal, the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra has taken a pre-planned break from the afternoon of 25 January."
"The yatra will resume at 14:00 hrs on 28 January with a padyatra in Jalpaiguri, followed by a padyatra in Siliguri and a public address there. The night halt is at Sonapur in Uttar Dinajpur district," he added.
Nayan Dwivedi is Staff Writer at Swarajya.
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