Cong Yatra has broken spiral of silence in country: Bhalla

JKPCC working president, Raman Bhalla at a meeting in Rajouri on Saturday.
JKPCC working president, Raman Bhalla at a meeting in Rajouri on Saturday.

Excelsior Correspondent

RAJOURI, Jan 14: Senior Congress leader and former minister Raman Bhalla today said that Bharat Jodo Yatra’ is an engagement of various ideas, numerous aspirations and celebration of diversity as strength, instead of leaving it to the devices of those who see diversities as divisions.
While convening series of Bharat Jodo Yatra preparatory meetings in Rajouri organized by former minister Shabir Ahmad Khan in association with District president Poonch Choudhary Ghani, DDC Member Sai Rashid, Amrit Bali, Parveen Sarwar Khan, Municipality Chairman Thana Mandi Shakeel Mir, Bhalla said that India’s present rulers understand the importance of keeping the people busy in h futile arguments. From TV debates to social media interactions, we are constantly fighting each other. Politics by its very nature invokes strong likes and dislikes, but such passions do not last beyond an election result.
Bhalla claimed that Congress party has been at the forefront and mostly the only voice in the opposition space in raising issues that affect the everyday lives of people. Despite numerical constraints, the party successfully forced the Government on Land acquisition. From demonetisation to Rafale, farm laws, Covid mismanagement, mishandling of the economy, Chinese aggression on our borders, the ticking time bomb of unemployment, most of the media alas chose to corner the opposition instead of the government. When traditional structures of mediation between the opposition and the people collapse, the template of politics automatically changes, added Bhalla.
Bhalla said Bharat Jodo Yatra is the Congress’ response to the organised disruption of democracy in the country. India needs a healing touch. Movements, agitations, opposition, media, civil society, writers, thought leaders are the ones who politicise societies around issues that require a collective political response. Last eight years have seen a new and dangerous phenomenon of the government politicising the society which is not good for country.
Shabir Khan said that there is no freedom of speech and freedom of questioning the government. Rahul Gandhi raised this issue in Parliament, as there is no change in the attitude of the Central government and hence Rahul Gandhi started Bharat Jodo Yatra,” he said.