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Congress Resumes Bharat Jodo Yatra, ED Summons DK Shivakumar Over Money Laundering Case 

To strengthen the Congress’ Bharat Jodo yatra, interim party president Sonia Gandhi also made an appearance in Karnataka on Thursday evening.

Bharat Jodo Yatra (PTI Photo)
Bharat Jodo Yatra (PTI Photo)

New Delhi: The Bharat Jodo yatra by congress resumes in full swing in Karnataka following a two-day layoff owing to Ayudha puja and Vijaydashami. Amid this, the enforcement directorate (ED) has summoned Karnataka congress president DK Shivakumar and his brother Lok Sabha MP DK Suresh in connection with a probe related to their financial contribution to Young India Private Limited.

DK Shivakumar reaches ED office in Delhi. Earlier, ED had summoned the brothers to appear on October 7, however they requested time due to the on-going Bharat Jodo yatra. The directorate has rejected Shivakumar’s request to delay his appearance before the agency. 

As the Congress moves ahead with its campaign, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has made some interesting comments. He alleged that the atmosphere in the country has seen a downturn. Gehlot added that current state of democracy in the country is worrisome and that communal harmony has been disrupted.  

To strengthen the Congress’ Bharat Jodo yatra, interim party president Sonia Gandhi also made an appearance in Karnataka on Thursday evening. She participated in the yatra for about 2 hours, and walked around for half an hour as her party aims to build and unify the country through their longest public campaign in recent memory.  

Interestingly, Sonia Gandhi’s participation also comes at a time when the party is on the brink of announcing a new head. This could be one of her last political engagements before she steps down as the party president later this month. 

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The yatra is currently in its third leg. The congress began the campaign on September 7 from Kanyakumari and have covered a distance of 600 kilometres so far.

The party aims to cover a distance of 3,570 kilometres in the span of 150 days. They have covered the southern states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka and are set to go across nine more states before culminating the campaign in Kashmir.