Rahul Gandhi, during his 'Bharat Joda Nyay Yatra' in Odisha, accused the BJP and BJD of having a partnership in the state and claimed that the Congress has been the sole opposition to protect the interests of Odisha's people. Gandhi highlighted the alleged collaboration between Naveen Patnaik's BJD and Narendra Modi's BJP, suggesting they work together both at the state and national levels.
Addressing the crowd, Gandhi expressed his intention to counter the politics of hatred with love, symbolizing his party's approach in a challenging political environment. He criticized the BJD-led state government for what he described as its failure to address the migration of 30 lakh people from Odisha to other states due to lack of livelihood opportunities.
Furthermore, Gandhi criticized the influx of wealthy individuals from outside the state, contrasting it with the neglect faced by the tribal and Dalit populations within Odisha. He emphasized his commitment to listening to the grievances of the people during his visit and highlighted unemployment as a major issue in the state.
Gandhi commenced his yatra by offering prayers at the Vedvyas Shiv temple and embarked on a padayatra through the streets of Odisha's steel city, engaging with local residents along the way. He is scheduled to continue his journey, addressing public gatherings in various locations and concluding the day with a rally in Rajgangpur before retiring for the night in Jharsuguda.
(With Agency Inputs)