Mumbai: President of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Sharad Pawar will take part in the Bharat Jodo Yatra when it enters Maharashtra, as it is sending a message of harmony to the society. Pawar said on Sunday that Congress leaders Ashok Chavan and Balasaheb Thorat had met him and invited him to take part in the Yatra. It will enter Maharashtra on November 7.
The Yatra, which began from Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu on September 7, is scheduled to end in Jammu and Kashmir covering 3, 570km in 150 days. Congress’s Member of Parliament from Wayanad in Kerala, Rahul Gandhi, is leading the Yatra which has covered four states: Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
Yatra is the Congress Party’s event, but through it, the party is trying to convey a message of harmony to the society, so the leaders of other parties would also join the Yatra wherever possible. To another question, Pawar tore into people who were doing politics over the elections of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
One should not bring politics to some field and those who do it are ignorant; the purpose of the board is to provide facilities to players, he said. Pawar further said, “When I was the BCCI president, Gujarat’s representative was (present prime minister) Narendra Modi, Arun Jaitley represented Delhi while Anurag Thakur represented Himachal Pradesh.” Roger Binny has been elected as the 36th president of the BCCI and son of Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Jai Shah, has been re-elected as its secretary for the second consecutive term.