Congress president Sonia Gandhi reached Mysuru to walk with common workers. The Bharat Jodo Yatra led by his son Rahul has already crossed Kerala and entered Karnataka. After a two-day break, the walk will resume on October 6. Congress said that Sonia will join the Yatra immediately. Mallikarjun Kharge, one of the candidates for the upcoming Congress presidential election, will be with her.
On this day, Sonia was welcomed at the Mysuru airport by Karnataka Pradesh Congress President D. K. Shivakumar, former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, and AICC General Secretary K. C. Venugopal. Later, Siddaramaiah said that Sonia was supposed to stay at a resort in Kodagu for the next two days. But as the weather there was not favorable for helicopter travel, Sonia decided to spend two days in Kabini instead of Kodagu.
After the recent complications surrounding the election of the Congress president, Mallikarjun, a confidant of the Gandhi family, finally emerged as the candidate. Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot is also somewhat subdued by the leadership’s stern message after the follower’s revolt. But all these tensions have hit India Jodo Yatra. Despite the illness, Sonia is joining such a large-scale program at the party after a long time. As a result, the eyes of the whole country will be more on India Jodo Yatra. Shashi Tharoor, one of the candidates for the presidential election, said that the election for the post of president is necessary to carry out the anti-BJP fight better.
Statement from Mallikarjun
Earlier in the day, Mallikarjun said he had told Tharoor that it was good for the party to choose the president unanimously. But Tharoor made it clear yesterday that he will not back down from the fight. According to the MP from Thiruvananthapuram, this fight is necessary for the sake of democracy.
“I agree with Khargeji on one thing. The Indian National Congress wants to fight with the BJP, not (the parties) against each other. The 17th vote is to decide how best to do that. No ideological rift is between us. There is no dispute.” Tharoor wrote on Twitter.
Jaishankar will go to Australia
India helped Australia acquire nuclear submarines, openly opposing China’s proposal at the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Vienna meeting recently. And within a week, Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar is going to visit Australia.
The foreign minister will visit Australia as well as New Zealand on this long visit from October 6 to 11. According to a statement from the Ministry of External Affairs, Jaishankar will visit Canberra and Sydney in Australia. This is his second visit to Australia this year. Earlier, he went to Melbourne in February to attend the Quadrilateral Axis or Quad meet.
Jaishankar will join the Thirteenth Foreign Ministers’ Framework Dialogue with Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong during this visit. Besides, he will meet with the country’s Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Richard Marles. He will also talk with the Australian Navy. According to experts, the upcoming visit is going to be very informative in terms of diplomacy in the Indo-Pacific region.