CPI (M) Central Committee member Mohammed Yousuf Tarigami would be the first major non-alliance opposition leader to attend the Bharat Jodo Yatra led by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. K C Venugopal, the All India Congress Committee (AICC) General Secretary claimed that Tarigami will join the Yatra in Jammu and Kashmir. The Congress leader also informed that the Yatra would witness the unity of parties opposing the BJP in Jammu and Kashmir.

Tarigami will be the only notable CPI (M) leader joining the 3,570 km Kanyakumari to Kashmir Yatra. Apart from Tarigami, the Congress party has announced that all the major leaders in the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration would participate in the Yatra. The opposition leaders in Kashmir like Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti have openly claimed that they would participate in the Yatra. However, Tarigami has yet to confirm his availability for the event.

Confirming her participation in the Yatra, Mufti tweeted: “I’ve been formally invited to join @RahulGandhi ji for his Bharat Jodo Yatra in Kashmir today. Salute his indomitable courage and I believe it is my duty to stand with someone who has the courage to challenge fascist forces. Will be joining him in his march towards a better India.”

CPI (M) leaders were reluctant to support the Yatra when it entered Kerala and some of the leaders have vehemently criticised the long walk of Rahul Gandhi. But, the central leadership of the party has a soft corner for the Yatra though none of the leaders has participated in it. If Tarigami joined the Yatra, he would be one among a few opposition leaders who supported the Yatra by participating in it.

Though the Congress has been getting huge support from the opposition in Jammu and Kashmir, the opposition leaders in Uttar Pradesh have turned down the invitation from the Congress leader to join the foot march. The leaders from the parties like SP, BSP and SBSP. Congress has only managed to attract the leaders from its allied parties like DMK, NCP and Shiv Sena so far to the Yatra.