Sonia Gandhi today joined her son Rahul Gandhi’s ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ in Karnataka, participating in a public event after a long gap compelled by health worries. Joining Rahul Gandhi’s march in Mandya, the Congress president walked a short distance, surrounded by a large crowd of slogan-shouting party workers, before getting into a car. She is expected to address a rally in Ballary to galvanise the party ranks in the BJP-ruled state that will vote in a few months for a new government. She had earlier visited a temple in Begur village and offered prayers on Wednesday.

The Congress’s nationwide campaign, which began in Tamil Nadu’s Kanyakumari on September 7, entered Karnataka on September 30. Sonia Gandhi arrived in Mysuru on Monday afternoon. This is her first public outing after a Covid infection earlier this year. She had last participated in a roadshow in Varanasi in 2016. The Congress tweeted a photo of Rahul Gandhi tying his mother’s shoelaces during the walk, captioning it “Ma (mother)”.