Leelabai Chitale, 93, who had participated in the 1942 Quit India movement, joined Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra for a brief while on Thursday.
Senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh tweeted a video message by Ms Chitale who joined the cross-country foot-march at Vadegaon in Balapur tehsil of Maharashtra’s Akola district.
“She wants that the yatra should focus on saving constitution,” Mr Ramesh said in the tweet.
93 वर्षीय लीलाबाई चितले से मुलाक़ात बेहद प्रेरणादायक रही। इन्होंने 1942 के भारत छोड़ो आंदोलन में भाग लिया था और आज महाराष्ट्र के बालापुर के पास #BharatJodoYatra में शामिल हुईं। वह चाहती थीं कि यात्रा संविधान बचाने पर फोकस हो। उन्होंने हमारे साथ एक सुंदर संदेश साझा किया। pic.twitter.com/3nB35weTxg
— Jairam Ramesh (@Jairam_Ramesh) November 17, 2022
In the video message, Ms Chitale said, “I was twelve years old on August 9, 1942. Mahatma Gandhi had given the slogan ‘Do or Die’…. I and my two friends were caught while shouting slogans (against the British) near a college.” “We were just 12, so we were let off (by police) on the same evening. But my father and brother were in jail for three and a half years. The country did not get the freedom the way it is told today,” she said.
People from all strata of society and religions participated 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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