On the 56th day of the Bharat Jodo yatra started by Rahul Gandhi , popular actor Pooja Bhatt joined him in Bharat Jodo Yatra in Telangana’s Hyderabad. She has also informed everyone about her presence in the Yatra on Twitter. She wrote ,” covered 10.5 kilometres on foot. Since today’s morning, her name is also trending on the social media platform”. On social media platforms, various statements have been made that actors are being paid for walking the Bharat Jodi yatra . Apart from Pooja Bhatt various other stars joined the yatra in Hyderabad like Sushant Singh along with several Bollywood personalities including Amol Palekar, Sandhya Gokhale, Ria Sen, Rashmi Desai, Akanksha Puri joined Bharat Jodo Yatra in its Maharashtra leg. BJP leader Nitesh Rane shared a WhatsApp forward claiming that the actors are being paid by the Congress to take the walk. BJP IT cell chief Amit Malviya too shared the screenshot and questioned the credibility of those who are “willing to associate with Rahul Gandhi even for some money”.
Pooja Bhat has recently reacted to these claims made by the BJP. She wrote,”Quoting from Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, the actor wrote: “They’re certainly entitled to think that, and they’re entitled to full respect for their opinions…but before I can live with other folks I’ve got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience” decimating the claims.” Whereas on the other hand, Congress has also dismissed the claims and said such ‘bogus WhatsApp’ forwards with no name and no number only prove how desperate the BJP is to discredit the yatra. “It is BJP which masters the art of arm-twisting celebrities to portray artificial support for them, not Congress . Don’t we remember tweets of celebrities on petrol, diesel rates during the UPA government and during farmers’ protest?” Maharashtra Congress leader Sachin Sawant said.