Bharat Jodo Yatra’s usefulness for Congress and Rahul can’t be denied: Sharad Pawar | India Information – Occasions of India

PUNE: NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Monday acknowledged the “usefulness” of the Bharat Jodo Yatra led by Rahul Gandhi for the Congress chief and his celebration.
He additionally hinted that he was not in opposition to the inclusion of Congress if the Opposition unity takes form for the 2024 elections.
Chatting with reporters in Solapur district of Maharashtra, Pawar stated huge padyatras or foot marches like ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ have a political impression and folks welcome such applications with honest intent.
Replying to a query on whether or not the Bharat Jodo Yatra will have an effect on politics within the coming days, Pawar stated when such huge yatras are taken out, they grow to be helpful. “When Chandrashekhar (former Prime Minister) had taken out an analogous padayatra it had acquired an incredible response. I had additionally taken out a march from Jalgaon to Nagpur (in 1980) for farmers,” the previous chief minister recalled.
He stated about 5,000 folks had joined his yatra when it began from Jalgaon in north Maharashtra and the quantity swelled to 50,000 in Buldhana and multiple lakh when it reached Akola and Amaravati in east Maharashtra.
“The march proved helpful to vary politics of all the state,” Pawar stated.
Talking on the Bharat Jodo Yatra, launched on September 7 from Kanyakumari for Kashmir, Pawar stated, “One can’t deny the usefulness of this padayatra, undertaken by (Congress) from the attitude of the celebration and the particular person (Rahul Gandhi)”.
He stated folks welcome such applications if they’re organised with a whole lot of effort.
Requested whether or not there shall be a joint face of the Opposition in opposition to Prime Minister Narendra Modi within the 2024 elections and whether or not opposition events will contest collectively, Pawar stated nothing will be stated as of now concerning any future association.
“Everybody needs that one thing must be executed. However we now have not come to any conclusion. Discussions are taking place. Not too long ago, Nitish Kumar (JD-U chief) got here to me. The identical subject was mentioned. The opposite day (TMC supremo) Mamata Banerjee met me and she or he additionally put forth the identical stand. Comparable ideas had been echoed by leaders from Kerala and Tamil Nadu. These are opinions however that haven’t but come to any conclusion,” stated Pawar.
When requested if Congress is popping out to be a hurdle within the Opposition unity, the NCP chief stated some folks really feel the Grand Previous Celebration shouldn’t be included (within the Opposition bloc).
“However my opinion is that one shouldn’t take the stand of opposing the opposite’s inclusion,” he added.
Queried concerning the allegations by Bharatiya Janata Celebration (BJP) that he and Uddhav Thackeray have “uncared for” Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut, at the moment in jail in a cash laundering case, Pawar stated Raut’s arrest by the ED exhibits the “misuse of energy”.
“He (Raut) was put in jail for no cause. Who put him in jail? Those that put him in jail are saying that we’re neglecting him. That is nothing however a misuse of energy. Be it Anil Deshmukh or Nawab Malik (each NCP leaders) or Raut, they had been put in jail for no cause,” Pawar alleged.
He stated Thackeray-led Shiv Sena’s stand to carry the annual Dussehra rally at Shivaji Park in Mumbai is justified.
Requested concerning the Thackeray faction nonetheless awaiting permission to carry the rally, Pawar stated he has been seeing for the final 30-40 years that Shiv Sena, earlier led by Bal Thackeray, has been holding the Dussehra rally at Shivaji Park, which is sort of a custom.
“To proceed this custom, if they’re looking for permission to carry the rally at Shivaji Park, I feel there may be nothing mistaken in it,” he stated.
Pawar additionally stated the Shiv Sena faction led by Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde additionally has the appropriate to carry a Dussehra rally and has been granted permission to organise the occasion within the MMRDA floor on the Bandra Kurla Advanced in Mumbai.
“As their difficulty is resolved, why oppose others? I’m saying that they (the Shinde faction) can’t oppose granting of permission (to the Uddhav faction to carry the rally at Shivaji Park,” he stated.

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