Congress leader Rahul Gandhi led a march of party workers to the Mahatma’s memorial at Rajghat in the national
capital, where Congress president Sonia Gandhi addressed them and administered an oath. Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra led a march in Lucknow. The Congress termed its padyatras Gandhi sandesh yatras.
Alluding to RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat’s recent statement, Sonia said India and Gandhiji are synonymous with each other, and some people are adamant on reversing this. “They want the RSS and not Gandhiji to become the symbol of India,” she said. “I want to tell them clearly... there cannot be any thought except Gandhiji's all-inclusive system, that includes the composite culture, civilisation and society of India," she said.
In Lucknow, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said the BJP should first pursue the path of truth and then talk about Gandhi. “Atrocities are being committed against women, especially in Uttar Pradesh. Rapists are being protected. It is our demand that in the Shahjahanpur incident, a rape case should be registered against the accused,” Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said.
The Congress was stopped from taking out a "nyaya yatra" (march for justice) in support of the law student who has accused Chinmayanand of rape.