Rahul Gandhi a non-Hindu? Congress VP at Somnath Temple, row erupts

Terry Joseph
November 30, 2017

The controversy erupted on Wednesday after Rahul's name was reportedly listed in the register of non-Hindu visitors in Somnathtemple of Gujarat.

Modi was the chief minister of Gujarat for 13 years before resigning in May 2014 to assume the office in Delhi.

"First question to the prime minister on the state of affairs in Gujarat - in 2012, promises were made to provide 50 lakh new houses but built 4.72 lakh in five years". "Cong says it's VP is Hindu & janeu dhari (BRAHMAN) BJP says their Leader Modi is Hindu (& OBC ) This is very esteemed club something like "Old School Boys Network" people like me are denied entry as I am only communal, rest are Secular, Nationalist".

He cited a visit to the region by former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to appeal to Gujarati pride. "But for Jan Sangh/RSS, the streets of Morbi are fragrant".

He also attacked the Congress' idea of development, saying for the party it meant doling out hand pumps while the BJP had brought piped water from the Narmada river. Rahul's great-grandfather, Jawaharlal Nehru, was strongly opposed to his colleagues, Vallabhbhai Patel's and KM Munshi's efforts to rebuild historic Somnath temple destroyed by Islamic invaders, dismissing these efforts as smacking of "Hindu revivalism". The elections are also a litmus test for the BJP as Modi's home state is going to polls for the first time after he became the Prime Minister. Today some people are remembering Somanth, I have to ask them - have you forgotten your history?

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Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday kicked off a two-day campaign tour in Gujarat with a visit to the Somnath temple.

For his part, Gandhi spoke at several corner meetings where he reached out to the Patidar community and attacked Modi over his "silence" on the Rafale fighter jet deal. When Dr Rajendra Prasad was to come to inaugurate the Somnath Temple, Pandit Nehru expressed his displeasure. Referring to the 2015 quota stir in which 14 members of the Patidar community were killed in police fi ring, Gandhi said if anyone raises his voice he either gets beaten up or has to face bullets in Gujarat, he said at an earlier rally in Visavadar.

Visavdar is a Patidar-dominated constituency in politically crucial Saurashtra region.

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