Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala stretch of Rahul Gandhi's Bharat Jodo Yatra kick started at Parassala on Sunday morning at 7 am.
The yatra, which began on September 7 from Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu, had entered Kerala on Saturday evening with thousands of Congress workers giving Rahul a rousing welcome at the state border.
However, today was the formal welcome of Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC). KPCC president, K Sudhaaran, Leader of Opposition, VD Satheesan and several other Congress leaders were present to welcome the Yatra to Kerala.
"Gain freedom through education, gain strength through organization, gain prosperity through industry. Today, as we enter the beautiful state of Kerala, on the auspicious occasion of Sree Narayana Guru Jayanti, his words inspire every step we take on the #BharatJodoYatra," Gandhi tweeted as the yatra entered Kerala.
Explaining the arrangements for the yatra, Sudhakaran said Gandhi and his co-party workers will march from Thiruvananthapuram through the national highway till Thrissur and will take the state highway towards Nilambur.
"The yatra will commence at 7 AM every day and will continue till 11 AM. It will again start at 4 PM and continue till 7 PM. In between, Gandhi will meet and hold discussions with people from all walks of life," the Congress state president told the media here.
At least 300 party workers will be accompanying Gandhi throughout the yatra in the state, Sudhakaran said, adding that a control room has been set up at the KPCC office here.
Rahul Gandhi's yatra will enter Kollam district on September 14. The yatra will enter Alappuzha on September 17 and pass through Ernakulam district on September 21 and 22 and reach Thrissur on 23.
The Congress yatra will pass through Palakkad on September 26 and 27 and enter Malappuram on September 28.
The yatra will cover 3,570 km in 150 days and pass through 12 states. There will be mega rallies in 22 major cities.
With PTI inputs