New Delhi, 23 Sept – The weekly pause in the Bharat Jodo yatra of the Congress has caused a political uproar, and the BJP has claimed that the one-day stop in Kerala is related to the call for a hartal issued by the Popular Front of India over Thursday’s nationwide raids because of its timing.
The National Investigation Agency led a multi-agency team in a large crackdown on the extremist Islamic organization, which resulted in the arrest of 106 of the group’s leaders and activists, with the maximum number coming from Kerala (22-106). Those detained after the almost simultaneous raids in 15 states have been charged with aiding terrorism across the nation.
The PFI, which has some strongholds in Kerala, reacted angrily to the raids, claiming that the arrests were the result of “state-sponsored terrorism,” and calling for a dawn-to-dusk hartal there.
BJP leader Kapil Mishra claimed in a tweet that the Bharat Jodo yatra’s Friday break was an indication of support for the PFI’s call for a hartal.
The Congress refuted Mishra’s assertion by stating that the yatra takes seven-day breaks, the most recent occurring on September 15 and the next on September 30 before it enters Karnataka.
The Bharat Yatris are having a well-deserved break in the Thrissur district after travelling 333 kilometers. After travelling 150 miles, we took our final rest day on September 15. On rest days for the next leg of the #BharatJodoYatra, Yatris rejuvenate their bodies and minds. A medical camp is being set up for them today, tweeted Jairam Ramesh, a key leader.
According to sources in Congress, the yatris receive medical care and yoga therapy during the vacation. Meanwhile, the PFI hartal began violently in Kerala on Friday, with reports of stone-throwing at buses operated by the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) in several different districts, including Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Kozhikode, Wayanad, and Alappuzha.
KSRTC buses, a tanker truck, and a few other vehicles were reportedly damaged in Alappuzha after stone-pelting that was purportedly carried out by people who were in favour of the hartal call. A 15-year-old girl and an auto-rickshaw driver, who were both in Kozhikode and Kannur, respectively, each sustained minor wounds, according to news source PTI.