Leelabai Chitale, 93, who had participated in the Quit India movement in 1942, briefly joined Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra on Thursday.
Senior congress leader Jairam Ramesh tweeted a video message of Ms Chitale joining the cross-country march at Vadegaon in Balapur tehsil of Akola district in Maharashtra.
“She wants the yatra to focus on saving the constitution,” Ramesh said in the tweet.
93 वर्षीय चितले से मुलाक़ात बेहद प्रेरणादायक रही।।।।।। इन्होंने 1942 के छोड़ो आंदोलन में भाग लिया औा और आज महाराष्ट्र के बालापुर बालापुर पास पास पास पास पास पास पास पास पास #BharatJodoYatra में शामिल What is the best way to earn money? How to earn your money pic.twitter.com/3nB35weTxg
— Jairam Ramesh (@Jairam_Ramesh) November 17, 2022
In the video message, Mrs. Chitale said: “I was twelve years old on August 9, 1942. Mahatma Gandhi had given the slogan ‘Do or Die’… Me and my two friends were caught shouting slogans (against the British) in the near a university.” “We were only 12, so we were released (by the police) the same night. But my father and brother were in prison for three and a half years. The country was not given freedom as it is told today,” she said.
People from all walks of life and religions took part in the freedom struggle, Ms. Chitale further said, adding that “these people (participants in the Bharat Jodo Yatra) are trying to save the constitution.”
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