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New Delhi: Allies are openly supporting Congress’ Bharat Jodo Yatra. The allies of the states through which the Yatra is going on under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi have supported the yatra, but the leaders of the allies of the states where the yatra is not going are also joining the yatra. Earlier it seemed that UPA’s allies in the states where the Yatra would not go, would only give moral support to the Yatra. But as the Bharat Jodo Yatra progressed and it got a response, it seems that the opinion of the allies changed and they decided to give open support to the Yatra. The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, a major ally of the Congress, sent its leader to join the yatra. Keep in mind that Bharat Jodo Yatra is not going to Jharkhand. That’s why Jharkhand Congress leaders had reached Madhya Pradesh to join the yatra. At the same time Congress’ ally JMM sent its senior leader and state minister Mithilesh Kumar Thakur to join the yatra. On the sidelines of the visit, Rahul Gandhi posed for photographs with Jharkhand Congress and JMM leaders and the same was released on social media. Significantly, Jharkhand has JMM government with the support of Congress and Hemant Soren is the Chief Minister.

Similarly, the Congress yatra is also not going to Goa, but Vijay Sardesai, the head of Goa Forward Party, an ally of the Congress in Goa, joined the yatra in Madhya Pradesh. Several senior party leaders joined him and praised Rahul’s yatra. Keep in mind that the Goa Forward Party was earlier an ally of the BJP. But ahead of the last election, Sardesai had aligned with the Congress after the party was split by the BJP. However, the leaders of the allied parties from the states through which the Congress yatra passed, joined the yatra and walked with Rahul. When the yatra started from Kanyakumar in Tamil Nadu, the ruling DMK leader in the state and Chief Minister MK Stalin attended the programme. After that, leaders of Congress’s allies in Kerala also participated in the yatra. Congress has no allies in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. But when the yatra reached Maharashtra, leaders of both the allied parties joined the yatra after initial hesitation. Many big leaders including Supriya Sule, daughter of NCP supremo Sharad Pawar also attended the yatra. On behalf of the Shiv Sena, Aditya Thackeray, son of former Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and former minister of the state government, participated in the yatra. Supriya Sule even participated in the Congress rally held in Maharashtra.

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