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Participation in Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra only if VBA invited to join INDIA bloc: Prakash Ambedkar

Updated on: 17 January,2024 04:14 PM IST  |  Mumbai
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The VBA chief Prakash Ambedkar has written to Rahul Gandhi stating that he will participate in Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra only if VBA is invited to join the INDIA bloc

Participation in Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra only if VBA invited to join INDIA bloc: Prakash Ambedkar

Prakash Ambedkar. Pic/ X

The Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) chief Prakash Ambedkar has written to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi stating that he will participate in Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra only if VBA is invited to join the INDIA bloc and the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) alliance, reported the PTI.


According to the PTI, Prakash Ambedkar made his position clear in a letter addressed to Rahul Gandhi after the former was invited to join the Yatra, which started from Manipur on Sunday.


Prakash Ambedkar stated the VBA has not been included in the INDIA bloc or the Maha Vikas Aghadi in Maharashtra despite repeated communication with Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge.


"I conditionally accept the invitation for your Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra. It would be difficult for me to join your yatra without the long-awaited invitation to join both INDIA and MVA," Prakash Ambedkar wrote, as per the PTI.

Without an invitation (to MVA) to join the INDIA bloc and MVA, participating in the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra will lead to speculation of an alliance, which has not been materialised, and will have negative implications, he added.

"Hence, we stress that you invite VBA to INDIA and MVA as well," Ambedkar said.

The Shiv Sena (UBT) and Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) had said the opposition in Maharashtra wants to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha polls as an INDI alliance by taking VBA and Left parties on board, as it would help prevent vote fragmentation.

Prakash Ambedkar, grandson of B R Ambedkar, has often expressed his displeasure at the Congress dragging its feet over inducting the VBA into the Opposition camp.

The VBA has joined hands with Uddhav Thackeray's Shiv Sena (UBT) in Maharashtra.

The Rahul Gandhi-led Yatra will pass through 100 Lok Sabha constituencies in 15 states. It will traverse 6,713 km, mostly in buses but also on foot, and culminate in Mumbai on March 20 or 21.

Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi had on Monday said that the party stands with the people of Manipur and wants to make the state peaceful and harmonious again. He was interacting with the people on the second day of Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra.

Several people, a number of them women and children, had lined up along the yatra route and cheered on Gandhi as his bus made its way along several busy areas here. Gandhi met people and enquired about their problems, newswire PTI reported.

(with PTI inputs)

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