‘He is a ‘janeu dhari’ Hindu’ says Congress
Alleges that the name “Rahul Gandhiji” was added by the BJP.
Major media houses reported that ‘controversy broke out over Rahul Gandhi’s visit to Gujarat’s famed Somnath temple, after his name was reportedly listed in the register of non-Hindu visitors’.
The TOI said that Congress party’s media coordinator Manoj Tyagi made the alleged goof-up on Wednesday when Rahul Gandhi was paying a visit to the Somnath temple ahead of a two-day campaign tour in the poll-bound state.
“While writing the name of Congress MP Ahmed Patel, who was also part of Rahul’s entourage, in the special register for non-Hindus visiting the temple, Tyagi also jotted down the Congress vice-president’s name,” reported TOI, sharing the image of the register taken from twitter.
The Congress however came out with a clarification denying the allegations as false.
Clarification: There is only one visitor’s book at Somnath Temple that was signed by Congress VP Rahul Gandhi. Any other image being circulated is fabricated.
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— Congress (@INCIndia) November 29, 2017
“We have no qualms in saying that Rahul Gandhi is a Hindu. Not only is Rahul Gandhiji a Hindu, he is a ‘janeu dhari’ Hindu. BJP should not bring down the political discourse to this level,” Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala lashed out.
Congress leader Deependra Hooda accused the ruling BJP of circulating a “fake page” to discredit their leader.
“Everyone knows Rahul Gandhi is a shiv bhakt (devotee). The BJP is doing what it does best, diverting from real issues,” said Mr Hooda, holding up Rahul Gandhi’s signature.
A famous pilgrim place of Lord Shiva, the Somnath temple is barred to non-Hindus, who must obtain permission from the temple authorities to enter the sacred place.
While Rahul offered prayers at the Somnath temple earlier this afternoon, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was addressing a public rally at Prachi, a town barely 25 kms away from the temple.
Taking a swipe at Rahul for his stopover at Somnath temple, PM Modi remarked that his great-grandfather and India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru had been opposed to the building of the shrine.