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Congress Eyes 2024 Elections: Rahul Gandhi To Launch Bharat Jodo Yatra Today

Congress Eyes 2024 Elections: Rahul Gandhi To Launch Bharat Jodo Yatra Today

With a bull’s eye on the 2024 General Elections, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is set to launch the Bharat Jodo Yatra today from Kanyakumari. The 3,500-long Yatra will begin from Kanyakumari and end in Kashmir. It will take nearly 150 days to complete the Yatra. Rahul Gandhi started his day with a visit to his father Rajiv Gandhi’s memorial in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu. The former PM was killed in a suicide attack by the Tamil rebel group LTTE on May 21, 1991. Taking to Twitter, Rahul Gandhi wrote: “I lost my father to the politics of hate and division. I will not lose my beloved country to it too. Love will conquer hate. Hope will defeat fear. Together, we will overcome,” The Congress leader had earlier said that the Bharat Jodo Yatra is like a tapasya for him to unite the country, which has been socially polarised and politically centralised by the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP). Mr Gandhi is set to attend an event in Kanyakumari’s Mahatma Gandhi Mandapam in the evening, where CM M K Stalin will hand over the national flag to him for the Yatra launch. The Congress has dubbed the Yatra as the longest march being organised in the country over the last century. The Yatra will be launched at 5 pm today with a rally, and the Padyatra or foot march will begin tomorrow morning. In the Bharat Jodo Yatra, Congress workers and leaders will walk in two batches between 7 am and 6:30 pm daily. The Bharat Jodo Yatra led by Rahul Gandhi will cover 12 states and 2 UTs in the next 150 days and Rahul Gandhi will be sleeping in a container. The Party said in a statement that all state unit presidents would organise the Bharat Jodo Yatra in their respective states in solidarity with Mr Gandhi. The Congress Party also said that the Yatra marks the biggest ever Jan Samparka Programme, where Congress leaders will try to connect with the common people on various issues, including unemployment, price rise and inflation. 

Bengaluru Floods: No Respite From Heavy Rain For Next 5 Days Says IMD

As the situation in Bengaluru has not improved and heavy rainfall continues to batter several parts of the city, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has said that the city will be experiencing a spell of heavy to moderate rainfall for the next 5 days. Karnataka’s capital has been witnessing heavy waterlogging, with some houses still under water and vehicles partially inundated. “Karnataka, especially Bengaluru, has not received unprecedented heavy rain.. for the last 90 years, such rain has not been recorded. All the tanks are full and are overflowing, some of them have breached, and there have been continuous rains, every day, it is raining,” said Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai. He also blamed the erstwhile Congress government’s maladministration. Meanwhile, flight operations at Kempegowda International Airport, which were affected due to heavy rainfall, have returned to normal. “But from yesterday (Monday morning), it is all back to normal at the airport. There has been no disruption, no delays or diversion, whatsoever since Monday,” said a spokesperson. Almost all the IT companies located in Bengaluru have asked their staff to work from home as heavy rainfall brought chaos to the IT hub of India. “I would like to tell the people of Bengaluru that everyone in BBMP is working really hard. This is unprecedented rain, and the drain capacity is getting overfilled. And tanks are getting filled. This is a rare situation, and we all have to work together,” said the Karnataka CM as the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is facing the daunting task of handling flash floods. 

Karnataka BJP Leader Umesh Katti, Aged 61, Dies Due To Heart Attack

On Tuesday night, Karnataka BJP leader and Forest, Food & Civil Supplies Minister Umesh Katti died following a cardiac arrest. The BJP leader, aged 61, was rushed to a private hospital from his Dollar’s Colony residence. The BJP leader who dreamt of statehood for North Karnataka was an 8-time MLA representing the Hukkeri constituency after entering politics in 1985. Umesh Katti is survived by his wife Sheela, son Nikhil and daughter Sneha. In a condolence statement, Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai said: “The state has lost a skilled statesman who was a proactive leader and a committed servant of people,” Mr Katti served as a minister in the cabinets headed by J H Patel, B S Yediyurappa, D V Sadananda Gowda and Jagadish Shettar. He had also expressed Chief Ministerial ambitions. With Umesh Katti’s demise, the BJP has lost a prominent leader in Belagavi, one of the most politically significant districts in Karnataka. The mortal remains of Umesh Katti will be kept in the premises of Vishwaraj Sugars in Hukkeri for people to pay their last respect to the BJP leader. His last rites will take place at Belladbagewadi in Hukkeri. 

Covid-Bulletin: India Registers 5,000+ New Cases; Recovery Rate At 98.7%

According to the latest data released by the Union Health Ministry, India has recorded 5,379 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active caseload of the country currently stands at 50,594. Meanwhile, daily recoveries have outnumbered active cases by registering 7,094 recoveries in the previous 24 hours. The total recoveries have reached 4,38,93,590. The daily and weekly positivity rates currently stand at 1.67% and 2.0%, respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 88.80 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 213.91 crore covid-19 vaccine doses so far under the nationwide vaccination drive.

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