Taking off where Rajiv Gandhi left, Rahul to visit Ayodhya as part of his ongoing ‘Kisan Yatra’

Rahul, plans to start from where his father left Ayodhya 26 years ago, the party leader said.

Written by Maulshree Seth | Lucknow | Updated: September 8, 2016 9:07 am
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When Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi begins the fifth day of his ongoing ‘Kisan Yatra’ across Uttar Pradesh on Friday by offering prayers at Hanuman Garhi temple in Ayodhya, he is set to be the first member of his family to visit the temple town since the Babri Masjid’s demolition in 1992.

During his ‘Sadbhavna Yatra’ in 1990, Rajiv Gandhi was scheduled to visit Hanuman Garhi, which lies just over a kilometre from the disputed site, but could not manage it in the middle of his tight schedule, although he had gone to Ayodhya, a Congress leader said. Rahul, thus, plans to start from where his father left Ayodhya 26 years ago, the party leader said.

In order to play the balancing act, however, the Amethi MP will end his day by visiting Kichaucha Sharif Dargah in neighbouring Ambedkar Nagar district the same day.

Although Congress president Sonia Gandhi had visited Faizabad several times during past elections, a party leader said neither she nor any other member of the family visited Ayodhya since the mosque was brought down in 1992. Before Rajiv Gandhi in 1990, Indira Gandhi had visited Ayodhya once in the 1960s to apparently unveil a development project along the Saryu river.

Rahul is also scheduled to hold a roadshow across Faizabad city on Friday before leaving for Ambedkar Nagar. As per schedule, he will be in Azamgarh, which is represented by Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav in Lok Sabha, on Saturday.

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    A villager
    Sep 8, 2016 at 5:54 am
    If this hi family believe in Secularism, then why "Robert Vadra" was converted for marrying "Priyanka hi" ? If sister is Chirst,, what about brother?
    1. M
      Sep 8, 2016 at 4:15 am
      This Nehru dynasty has done a great damage to the unityandintegerity of India by dividing the society on caste,communalandlinguistic lines,to appease muslims for its selfish ends, to remain in power. They have ensured that the ppl remain dividedandquarrel with each other all the time and play the role of peace broker.This Baba is a christian,born of christian parents.What interest he has got in hindu religionandits GodandGodesses except politics to some how garner hindu votes.ppl of the country are fed up with this kind of politics which divides themandthwarts the economic devlopement of the country.Some times you get the locks opened,allow the puja,do shliyanasandultimately see the demolitation of disputed structureandthen shout that BJP is guiltyandanti muslim.All for votes.Stop it.Otherwise ppl will see that a full stop is placed on you for ever.
      1. B
        Sep 8, 2016 at 2:01 am
        They failed to brake the country with the help of KHALISTANI but they succeed to divide the nation with the help of RSS'S babri masjid
        1. L
          Lalit Mohan
          Sep 8, 2016 at 5:28 am
          His body is made of shameless tissues, if they cared so much about Hindus then why they raised money for maulvies, madarssas, Muslim students and Muslim universities.lt;br/gt;Not only that congress is still raising question y security is withdrawn from separatist who raises anti India slogans.lt;br/gt;Their only aim is to destroy India at whatever cost.
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            Ashok Mazumdar
            Sep 8, 2016 at 1:26 am
            Lage Raho Munna Bhai.
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