Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday interacted with porters at the Anand Vihar railway station in Delhi. He spoke with them about their problems, and later also wore the porters’ trademark red shirt, as he continued to push his ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ message.
The Congress leader was also spotted lifting luggage over his head as the crowd cheered him.
Gandhi’s focus, through Bharat Jodo Yatra, has been on interacting with the masses at the grassroots-level. He has continued to push this approach through several visits across the stretch of his yatra — from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. With many such visits over months, his party has affirmed it to be a continuation of the ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’.
AZADPUR MANDI VISIT
Earlier in August, he visited the Azadpur Mandi in Delhi and interacted with local vendors at the vegetable and fruit market. His visit was prompted by a viral video of a vegetable vendor talking about rising prices of vegetables and its overwhelming impact on the working class.
Gandhi was seen walking through a crowded market, talking to the vendors about their incomes, living conditions, and well-being. He also drank tea with them.
FARMING WITH SONEPAT FARMERS
In another such visit in July, Gandhi met farmers at Sonepat’s Madina village in Haryana. He joined the farmers transplanting paddy during the impromptu visit while he was on his way to Shimla from Delhi.
The former Congress MP also drove a tractor, as he interacted with the farmers amid a light drizzling of rain.
MEET WITH MECHANICS
In June, he met motorcycle mechanics in the national capital and talked to them about their problems. He visited a bike-repairing workshop in Karol Bagh and lent a hand with fixing a bike with a screwdriver.
LUNCH WITH DELIVERY AGENTS
While on a campaign visit to Karnataka before the polls in May, Gandhi spoke to gig workers and delivery agents of app-based delivery services in Bengaluru.
He sat with the delivery workers at a hotel and shared a cup of coffee and masala dosa with them. The workers shared with him several issues about their lives as delivery workers, a lack of stable employment and rising prices.