While the Bharat Jodo Yatra is being taken out under the leadership of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Congress workers are extorting money for this yatra. The matter has come into the limelight after a video of Congress workers extorting money from a vegetable vendor and assault went viral.
A vegetable shopkeeper in Kerala's Kollam district has accused Congress workers of threatening them. The vegetable shopkeeper has accused Congress workers of forcibly collecting donations for the Bharat Jodo campaign. Congress workers have demanded Rs 2000, threatening the vegetable seller. When the vegetable vendor refused to pay the money, he was severely beaten up.
The video of this incident has also gone viral. The vegetable seller said that a team of Congress workers came to my shop and started asking for donations for the India Jodo Yatra. I also gave 500 rupees but they started demanding 2000 rupees, when I refused to give 2000 rupees, they threatened me and threw my scales and vegetables.
Action has also been taken against the Congress workers after the video surfaced, but the Congress party has been in trouble. State Congress President K Sudhakaran has suspended three workers from the party for assaulting vegetable vendors. Significantly, the second phase of the Bharat Jodi Yatra started from Kollam district of Kerala on Friday. Kerala's Leader of Opposition VD Satheshan, General Secretary KC Venugopal, have also joined the visit.