The overwhelming response that the ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ has been receiving down south has taken political observers by surprise. As the yatra progresses, Rahul Gandhi is emerging as a different leader altogether, energetic, inspiring and popular. The yatra is also benefiting an otherwise moribund Congress in more ways than one. Analysts, however, believe that linking the marathon campaign with the likelihood of Congress winning the elections is not a coherent reading.
To keep its ship afloat in the electoral politics of the country, the Congress needs to win elections to revive and survive, and the ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ is just a ‘small and important’ step in the long journey that the party has to endure. In other words, the yatra’s primary aim is not winning the Congress polls but to catapult the party to a place from where it will be in a better position to focus on elections in future.