A Congress worker is all set to construct a temple in the name of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi at Katharai village of Buxar. Mritunjai Rai (25), Buxar district vice-president of the Congress sports cell, has already performed ‘bhoomi pujan’ and plans to start construction after Navratra in April.
Rai, who joined the party two years ago, told The Sunday Express that he hit upon the idea after reading about Rajiv on the Internet. “The modern technology of today goes back to the vision of Rajiv Gandhi, who ushered in computerisation in India. I thought that a temple would be the best tribute to him,” he said.
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Rai, a Bhumihar, said the political loyalty of his community had shifted towards the BJP, but many youths like him were “disenchanted” with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Rai said he had convinced his parents to set apart five kathas (6,805 sq ft) land in his village of Katharai in Buxar for the temple. He got pamphlets printed for the bhoomi pujan on March 22.
“Rai has been an enterprising worker and had been discussing the temple for a while. We are getting an architect to finalise the temple design,” Buxar district Congress president Tathagat Harshvardhan said.
Rai said: “The temple will not be constructed with party funds, but individual leaders will contribute.” Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee president and Education Minister Ashok Kumar Choudhary said: “If a worker is emotionally attached to a leader, he finds ways to express gratitude to him. Rajivji has surely inspired youths. The party is not involved with the project and there is little the party can do to dissuade an emotional worker.”