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Congress Party to March For Months, Battling Modi’s Popularity

  • Congress leader Gandhi will walk 3,500 km over five months
  • The once formidable party has been floundering recently

Rahul Gandhi, the scion of India’s Congress party, has kicked off a 3,500 kilometer-long (2,175 miles) march across the country to revive his party’s fortunes and challenge Prime Minister Narendra Modi in elections less than two years away.

The five month-long “Unite India” journey will take Gandhi, 52, and thousands of his party workers across 12 states -- starting from India’s southern tip to Kashmir in the very north. It will highlight what they describe as the socially divisive agenda of Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party and draw attention to soaring inflation and joblessness ahead of the 2024 national elections.