19-01-2023 : Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday likened the march towards Jammu and Kashmir as ‘returning to home’ and urged the people of the region to support him in his mission to ‘save India’ from the government’s mass pickpocketing, which he claims is being done by diverting the attention of the countrymen. Gandhi, who was speaking at a gathering of around 2000 people in Lakhanpur, also stated that he was there to share the grief of the people of Jammu and Kashmir who have suffered on many fronts in past decades. He was joined by NC President Farooq Abdullah, senior Congress leaders Digvijay Singh, Jairam Ramesh, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Punjab MP Pratap Singh Bajwa, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut, and senior leaders from J&K Congress. Gandhi accused the government of carrying out a mass pickpocketing exercise by diverting the attention of the countrymen and blamed the BJP and RSS for spreading hatred in the country.
He also criticized the media for not highlighting important issues and instead focusing on topics such as Bollywood stars Aishwarya Rai and Akshay Kumar. Gandhi said that there are two India’s being carved out of Hindustan, one for the common citizens and the other for a few billionaires. He also spoke about the Bharat Jodo Yatra, a journey that he and his colleagues began months ago from Kanyakumari, and how they were not feeling tired because people were pushing them forward. He emphasized the importance of unity and helping one another, regardless of religion or language. Overall, Gandhi’s speech focused on the issues of hatred, violence, unemployment, and price rise, and how they need to be addressed in order to create a better future for the country.