‘I’m A BHAKT of Lord Shiva’ Says Rahul Gandhi, Is This Gujarat Election Effect ?

In an attempt to counter the Bharatiya Janata Party, Congress seems to be adopting the soft Hindutva approac

Rahul Gandhi, who is on a three-day tour to the poll-bound Gujarat, has made sure he paid a visit to the famous temples.

While speaking to the mediapersons on Monday, Rahul said, “I am a ‘bhakt’ of Lord Shiva and believe in honesty.”

The Congress vice president visited Vir Meghmaya temple in Patan on Monday. The Gandhi scion visited two temples in the state – Ambaji temple and Akshardham temple on Saturday.

Gandhi had started his campaign in Gujarat with a visit to the renowned Dwarkadheesh temple in September.

Meanwhile, a war of words has erupted between the BJP and the Congress, with the ruling party criticising Rahul’s move, saying the Congress vice president is visiting Hindu temples just ahead of elections to get votes.

On a three-day visit to north Gujarat, the Congress Vice President has been campaigning in the region since Saturday, after completing similar sojourns in Saurashtra (west Gujarat), central Gujarat and south Gujarat.

The state goes to polls next month on December 9 and 14. Gandhi, who is visiting north Gujarat, the BJP bastion over the years, is on a three-day visit to the state.

Rahul Gandhi on Sunday asserted that his party will sweep the Gujarat state polls in December, as a “tsunami is coming and the (ruling) BJP is scared of it”, and exhorted his party not to speak low of the office of Prime Minister even while criticising the government.

He said the electoral battle between the BJP and the Congress was a “battle of truth versus lies”, but asked his party to exercise restraint even while criticising the government’s policies and not get personal.

Gandhi, who had said on Saturday that his party was still not happy with the new GST relief and wanted it to be capped at 18 per cent, asserted again that he would do his best as the Opposition against the “Gabbar Singh Tax” and that he would remind everyone how the note ban “helped thieves turn black money into white”.