“Father lost to the politics of hate, I will not lose my country”: Rahul Gandhi

Sriperumbudur is where Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated in a suicide bombing.

New Delhi:

Ahead of the launch of Congress’s Bharat Jodo Yatra, party leader Rahul Gandhi today shared a moving note, saying he had lost his father to ‘hate politics’ and was not not ready to “lose his beloved country”.

Mr Gandhi this morning visited the memorial of his father and former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu ahead of the launch of the Kanyakumari mega yatra.

Sriperumbudur is where Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated in a suicide bombing by a Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam terrorist on May 21, 1991.

“I lost my father to the politics of hate and division. Nor will I lose my beloved country. Love will overcome hate. Hope will overcome fear. Together we will overcome “, tweeted Mr. Gandhi with a photo of him. paying homage to his father.

After visiting his father’s memorial, Mr Gandhi left for Kanyakumari to attend an event at the Mahatma Gandhi Mandapam where Chief Minister MK Stalin will present him with the national flag for the launch of the yatra.

Congress declared it to be the “longest political march” ever held in the country. The yatra will be launched in a ceremony at 5pm today and the 3,500km walk from Kanyakumari to Kashmir will start tomorrow morning.

Rahul Gandhi will be accompanied by 118 “Bharat Yatris” on the march.

The Congress march is a desperate attempt to rally support ahead of the 2024 general election. The march comes at a time when the party is reeling from the exit of veteran leaders, the most recent and prominent being Ghulam Nabi Azad .

Congress said the purpose of this yatra was to unite the country and connect with the common man on various issues such as unemployment, rising prices and inflation.

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