Gujarat 2017

Rahul Gandhi’s Somnath temple visit kicks up a row

Matters of faith:  Rahul Gandhi offering prayers at the Somnath Temple in Gujarat on Wednesday.

Matters of faith: Rahul Gandhi offering prayers at the Somnath Temple in Gujarat on Wednesday.

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s visit to the famous Somnath temple in Gujarat started on a controversial note as he was reportedly listed as a ‘non-Hindu’ in the register.

The Congress alleged that the party’s media coordinator Manoj Tyagi had only signed on a blank temple register to facilitate the entry of media crews but subsequently Mr. Gandhi’s name was mentioned along with Ahmed Patel in the column meant for non-Hindus.

In election season, this snowballed into a controversy as BJP supporters on social media accused Mr. Gandhi of lying about being a devotee of Lord Shiva. “Why should there be a secretive air around Rahul Gandhi? He is one of the most important political persons in the Indian scenario. For Rahul Gandhi and Congress, religion is a matter of convenience and not devotion. Rahul Gandhi must answer this,” said the BJP’s Sambit Patra in Gujarat.

The Congress called it a conspiracy. Addressing the media in Ahmedabad, its communication chief Randeep Surjewala said, “We have no hesitation in saying that Rahul Gandhi is not only a Hindu but wears a sacred thread.” While the Congress’s official twitter handle released a screenshot of the visitor’s book at the temple where Mr. Gandhi had described it an inspiring place, Deepender Hooda called him an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva in Delhi.


Our code of editorial values

This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor

Printable version | Aug 9, 2022 10:57:48 pm | https://www.thehindu.com/elections/gujarat-2017/rahuls-somnath-temple-visit-kicks-up-a-row/article21115690.ece