Rahul Gandhi's Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra wraps up with a display of strength in Mumbai

Akhilesh Yadav, the leader of the Samajwadi Party, opted out of the Mumbai rally, citing the need to be in Uttar Pradesh for election preparations.

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In a significant display of unity and political vigor, leaders of the Opposition Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) congregated at Mumbai’s Shivaji Park on Sunday to mark the culmination of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra, which commenced in Manipur back in January. This gathering of top leaders occurred just a day after the Election Commission of India (ECI) unveiled the schedule for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.


Rahul Gandhi's Assertive Remarks


During his address at the rally marking the initiation of INDIA’s collective election campaign, Rahul Gandhi targeted the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), asserting that the ruling party lacks the audacity to make amendments to the Constitution. He emphasized that truth and the support of the Indian populace were aligned with his stance. Other leaders from the INDIA coalition also voiced challenges against the BJP during the rally, highlighting the importance of unity within the bloc and the critical task of ensuring effective vote transfer.


Akhilesh Yadav's Absence and Election Dynamics


Notably, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav was absent from the Mumbai rally, citing the need to focus on election preparations in Uttar Pradesh. In a letter addressed to Rahul Gandhi, Yadav explained his absence due to the ongoing Lok Sabha nomination process. However, certain factions within the Congress have criticized the timing of the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra, suggesting that the effort could have been better utilized for election readiness.


Electoral Strategy and BJP's Confidence


While Gandhi's supporters defend the yatra as non-electoral in nature, skeptics within the party question its timing relative to the impending polls. Meanwhile, the BJP exudes confidence in securing a third consecutive term, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi projecting an ambitious target of 400 seats for the BJP and its allies in the 543-member Lok Sabha. Modi's optimism draws comparisons to the historic 1984 election, when Rajiv Gandhi's Congress secured a massive mandate with 414 seats following Indira Gandhi's assassination.