Former Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is gearing up for his Bharat Nyay Yatra, scheduled to commence on January 14 from Imphal, Manipur. While the final route of the march is yet to be finalized, insiders suggest that Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat are likely to receive heightened attention during this journey.
Sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, reveal that Rahul Gandhi may spend nearly a week in both Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat, emphasizing the strategic political significance of these states. In Uttar Pradesh, which boasts 80 Lok Sabha seats, the Congress currently holds only one MP, Sonia Gandhi from Rae Bareli. This stark contrast highlights the party’s challenge in a state known for its electoral weight.
Similarly, Gujarat, with its 26 Lok Sabha seats, has been a stronghold for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in recent elections. The BJP has secured all 26 seats in the past two Lok Sabha polls, maintaining its dominance since 1998.
The decision to focus on these states underscores the political imperative for the Congress party to strengthen its presence and appeal in regions where it has faced electoral setbacks. The upcoming Bharat Nyay Yatra, with its emphasis on grassroots engagement, is seen as an opportunity for Rahul Gandhi to connect with the people, address their concerns, and reinvigorate the party’s standing in these crucial states.
As the march unfolds, political observers will closely watch the dynamics in Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat, anticipating the impact of Rahul Gandhi’s efforts to revitalize the Congress party’s presence ahead of upcoming electoral challenges. The strategic choice of these states suggests a keen awareness of the political landscape and a concerted effort to reshape the narrative for the Congress in key regions of the country.