NEW DELHI: Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Wednesday urged Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Ashok Gehlot to strictly follow the Covid guidelines during the Bharat Jodo Yatra or postpone it.
In a letter addressed to Congress leaders, the health minister said use of masks and sanitisers should be implemented adding that only vaccinated people should participate in the yatra.

Mandaviya has also requested to postpone the foot march if the following protocol is not possible.
“If following Covid protocol is not possible then the Bharat Jodo Yatra be postponed in the national interest, taking note of the public health emergency,” the letter stated.
Reacting to the letter, Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury asked did PM Modi follow Covid protocols during the Gujarat assembly elections.
“I think Mansukh Mandaviya is not liking Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra but people are liking it and joining it. Mandaviya has been deputed to divert the public’s attention,” Adhir Ranjan said.
A week after it completes 100 days on the road, Congress’s Bharat Jodo Yatra rally will enter Delhi on December 24.
The yatra, launched on September 7 at Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu, was launched to highlight three challenges being faced by India.

The health ministry on Tuesday wrote to all states to increase genome sequencing to track coronavirus variants for timely identification of any possible cluster.
Meanwhile, amid fresh Covid-19 spurt in China, Japan and the US ringing alarm bells globally, the health ministry on Wednesday will hold a review meeting on the Covid situation which will be presided over by Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya.

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