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One viral picture a day keeps RaGa's critics away from Bharat Jodo Yatra

While Rahul continues to move ahead through Kerala, photos and videos from the yatra are going viral everyday. A video of him participating in the traditional boat race in Kerala has created a strong buzz on social media.

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi during a boat race in Alappuzha on Monday.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi during a boat race in Alappuzha on Monday. (Source: Facebook/ Rahul Gandhi)

By India Today Web Desk: Congress’s Bharat Jodo Yatra entered its 13th day on Tuesday, with Rahul Gandhi resuming his journey from Cherthala in Kerala’s Alappuzha. The yatra comes amid the grand old party looking to finally elect its new president.

While the party leaders are huddled in Delhi, Rahul Gandhi is reaching out to the masses with the BJP attacking the long march. While Rahul continues to move ahead through Kerala, photos and videos from the yatra are going viral everyday. A video of him participating in the traditional boat race in Kerala has created a strong buzz on social media. Several other photos and videos in which RaGa can be seen hugging people, playing with children etc are going viral, keeping the critics away from commenting on the party’s mass outreach program. In fact, the photographs have brought more focus from across the country to his padyatra.

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On Monday, a video of the snake boat race in Alappuzha, shared by Rahul, showed him trying his hands at rowing, in sync with men seated on either side of the boat. He was seen rowing furiously as his boat raced past the other boats in an attempt to win the race.

Sharing a picture of himself sitting on a boat on social media, Rahul Gandhi showcased his resolve to ‘unite India’ as he said: “When the boat gets stuck in the middle, the rudder has to be taken in one's hand. Will not stop, will not bow down, will unite India.”

On Sunday, the 11th day of the yatra in Ambalappuzha town of Alappuzha district, Rahul Gandhi was seen helping a little girl wear her footwear in a video. Earlier, he was seen taking selfies with kids while walking on the road.

On Tuesday, the Padyatra kickstarted at 6 am from X-Ray bypass junction, Cherthala, Alappuzha and will halt at round 11 am at NSS building in Kuthiathodu. It will resume at Eramalloor junction from 4:30 pm and will come to rest at 7 pm at Aroor junction. The Congress leader, along with other padyatris, will stay overnight at Kochi University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies (KUFOS) at Ernakulam.

The party has shared on its Twitter handle a video of youngsters standing in a queue with excitement, hope and enthusiasm on their faces while following Rahul Gandhi on his yatra.

“This is love, this is madness, to save the country. The youth of the country are joining, raising their voice against unemployment,” the tweet read.

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“We are not giving up! Today is another day full of hope, positivity and kilometers to cover, ahead of us. And we can't wait,” another tweet from Congress’s handle read on Tuesday.

“Standing firm in our resolve. Reminding ourselves that hate will always succumb before the power of love & unity,” the party added.

Rahul Gandhi met fishermen at Vadackal beach in Alappuzha on Monday and discussed rising fuel costs, reduced subsidies, dwindling fish stock and environmental destruction.

"At 6am, @RahulGandhi interacted with fisherfolk at Vadackal beach in Alappuzha on their challenges—rising fuel costs, reduced subsidies, dwindling fish stock, lack of social welfare & pensions, inadequate educational opportunities, and environmental destruction. #BharatJodoYatra," senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh tweeted.

Also, taking to Twitter, the Congress had said that through this Bharat Jodo Yatra, the country will rise against hatred and tide against unemployment. “A rising tide lifts all boats. India will rise against hatred and tide against unemployment. With all hands on deck, India stands united.”

The Congress' 3,570 km long foot march started from Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu on September 7 and would conclude in Jammu and Kashmir after 150 days.

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The Bharat Jodo Yatra, which entered Kerala on the evening of September 10, would go through the state covering 450 km, touching seven districts over a period of 19 days before entering Karnataka on October 1.

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