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In the second half of February, Congress party is set to hold a three-day plenary session, that remained one of the talking points of the first meeting of the steering committee -- constituted by new party chief Mallikarjun Kharge -- on 4 December.

During the discussions among senior leaders of the grand old party, including Sonia Gandhi and Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, the Bharat Jodo Yatra – being led by Rahul Gandhi since September – was also the focus, reported HT.

“We have decided to hold a massive campaign - ‘Hath se Hath Jodo Abhiyan’ - from January 26 onwards. This would be a two-month campaign, under which block-level pad yatra (foot march) will be done. The party will handover a letter from Rahul Gandhi and a chargesheet against the Modi government during this period. We will specially focus on youth connect during this yatra," party leader KC Venugopal told reporters.

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Elaborating more, Jairam Ramesh said that the focus will be on issues related to youth, among others. “This evening, the Bharat Jodo Yatra will be entering Rajasthan. So far, over 2,500 kms - spanning over seven states - have been covered. About 1,100 kms are left in the journey," he underlined.

The Bharat Jodo Yatra – from Kanyakumari to Kashmir – aims to revive the grand old party's connect with the masses with an eye on the 2024 polls.

“During the meeting, we held a long discussion about what next after Bharat Jodo Yatra? What should be the follow-up? ‘Hath se hath jodo’ is the special programme that has been planned. This will be done at block as well district level. Rahul Gandhi will highlight the achievements of Bharat Jodo Yatra during this," Jairam Ramesh added during the briefing after the key meeting of the Congress.

At the meeting, Kharge insisted on "top to bottom" accountability in the party, news agency PTI reported. The steering panel meet comes ahead of the Winter Session of Parliament, set to begin in a few days.

With PTI inputs.

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