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Rahul Gandhi takes part in a snake boat race in Punnamada lake | Watch


Kerala: Amid his ongoing Bharat Jodo Yatra, Congress MP Rahul Gandhi participated in a snake boat race exhibition in the Punnamada lake in Kerala on Monday. Rahul Gandhi was seen vigourously rowing the boat along with other men and had a smile at the end as he wiped his face.


‘When we all work together in perfect harmony, there is nothing we cannot accomplish’, Rahul Gandhi tweeted.


Earlier in the day, the Congress leader interacted with fishermen at Vadackal beach in Kerala’s Alappuzha and discussed the challenges faced by them.  The Wayanad MP held discussions about the rising fuel costs, reduced subsidies, dwindling fish stock, inadequate educational opportunities, and environmental destruction among other issues.

The Yatra is in its Kerala leg and would traverse through the state for the next 12 days. The 3,500-km march from Kanyakumari to Kashmir will be completed in 150 days and cover as many as 12 states. From Kerala, the Yatra will traverse through the state for the next 18 days, reaching Karnataka on September 30. It will be in Karnataka for 21 days before moving north. The Padyatra (march) will cover a distance of 25 km every day. According to Congress, the Bharat Jodo Yatra is being held to combat the divisive politics of the BJP-led Centre and to awaken the people of the country to the dangers of economic inequalities, social polarisation, and political centralization.

Rahul Gandhi said that the spirit of the Bharat Jodo Yatra is to bring Indians together irrespective of religion, and community and remind them that this is one country and it will be successful if we stand together and are respectful towards each other. The Yatra includes Padayatras, rallies, and public meetings which will be later attended by the senior Congress leaders including Sonia Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. The Congress suffered a debacle in the assembly polls held earlier this year and the Yatra is seen as an attempt to rally the party rank and file for the upcoming electoral battles.


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