Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra was joined by a surprise guest on Friday. Marvel, a 10-month-old German Shepherd, joined the long walk as it passed through Madhya Pradesh.
Sitting behind her owner Rajat Parashar’s bike and wearing riding goggles, Marvel left their home in Gwalior to join the padyatra.
While the two have already cycled about 15,000 km across the country, this trip has a very specific purpose. Parashar, a civil engineer, says he wants to meet Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and urge him to help the cause of animal rights if his party comes to power.
Although they haven’t had a chance to meet Mr. Gandhi yet, Mr. Parashar said Marvel will be with him as they aim to follow the march to Kashmir.
The yatra entered Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday and is now in the Kherda of Kahrgon. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was joined by his sister Priyanka Gandhi for the second straight day on Friday.
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s husband Robert Vadra and their son Rehan were also seen stepping with Rahul Gandhi on the third day of the Madhya Pradesh leg of the yatra.