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Karnataka election: BJP leaders slam Rahul Gandhi’s temple run, say gimmick before polls can’t fool Hindus

The BJP has claimed that Rahul’s visits to religious centres are an effort to cover up for a recent circular issued and later withdrawn by the state Congress government, seeking public opinion on government takeover of temples and mutts that land up in financial distress.

Written by Johnson T A | Bengaluru | Updated: February 13, 2018 8:54 am
Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Meghalaya, Shillong, north east India, Rahul to visit Meghalaya, Meghalaya elections While Rahul has not explicitly stated his intent in visiting religious places during the campaign, state Congress leaders have admitted that the temple stops on the tour map are aimed at shrugging off the “anti-Hindu’’ tag on the party.

A visit to several temples and religious centres by Congress president Rahul Gandhi in the course of a tour of districts as part of Congress’s campaign for the upcoming Karnataka election has been labelled an election gimmick by senior BJP leaders.  The Congress chief, who is on a four-day tour of Bellary, Koppal, Raichur, Yadgir, Gulbarga and Bidar districts in north Karnataka, has stopped at several prominent temples over the past three days.

While Rahul has not explicitly stated his intent in visiting religious places during the campaign, state Congress leaders have admitted that the temple stops on the tour map are aimed at shrugging off the “anti-Hindu’’ tag on the party. Asked about his temple visits, Rahul said Monday, “I am going to spiritual places that I like — it can be a temple or a mosque.’’

The BJP has, however, labelled the visits to places like the 1,000-year-old Huligamma Temple and the 800-year-old Gavi Siddeshwar Mutt in Koppal as “fake Hinduism’’. “Before embarking on the tour of temples and mutts, they came out with a circular to control temples and mutts. I don’t know if Rahul Gandhi is visiting temples for votes or to conduct a recce,’’ BJP’s national general secretary and observer for Karnataka region P Muralidhar Rao said.

The BJP has claimed that Rahul’s visits to religious centres are an effort to cover up for a recent circular issued and later withdrawn by the state Congress government, seeking public opinion on government takeover of temples and mutts that land up in financial distress. “The visits are a hoax because they visit temples and want to appropriate their funds too,’’ Union Minister and the BJP’s Karnataka poll in-charge Prakash Javadekar told the party’s media wing in a briefing. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, during a visit to the state over the weekend, said the Congress president’s visits was “temple tourism’’ conducted with the forthcoming polls in mind.

BJP MP Shobha Karandlaje tweeted on Saturday, “Election Hindu Rahul Gandhi is on his temple/Mutt visit in Karnataka I would like to know what is his true belief? Gimmick of visiting temples can’t be used to fool Hindus, Congress Govt in power has been blatantly Anti Hindu.’’

“A fake temple run by @OfficeOfRG for a photo-op will never appeal to Kannadigas deep devotional and real connect with spiritual traditions,’’ she added.  While the Congress chief has been visiting temples in north Karnataka, state BJP leaders are visiting urban slums in cities like Bengaluru and Mysuru. State BJP chief B S Yeddyurappa spent the night at a home in a slum in Bengaluru on Saturday. Following the visits, he promised that if BJP is elected to power, two crore houses with all civic amenities will be built for the urban poor by 2020.

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    Ruru
    Feb 13, 2018 at 9:32 pm
    Bhakts, Hinduism don''t fall under the category of Race to call someone half breed... It''s another religion consists of myths and beliefs followed by millions of s who is scared to find the answers of nature...Know You Bhakts are stupids like your leaders, but it has limits...
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    1. harun hafeez
      Feb 13, 2018 at 9:20 pm
      Raga needs to seek divine intervention to overcome Fakes and Farce which is ruling this nation.None has the monopoly of Hinduisim or Hindus.The desperation is getting obvious,its still a long way into the campaign.I wouldnt be surprised if you see a Kasganj to divide and get the Vote.If people dont get to see through this farce they dont deserve Ache Din
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        Chris
        Feb 13, 2018 at 8:22 pm
        Congress has created bots with diffe iden ies of male as well as females and out of the universe names hoodwink as representing diffe section of society. Indian citizenry have grown intelligent enough from being taken for a ride with Congress's 'GARIBI HATAAO' slogan that fetched the party with seats to see through the conspiracy to bolster pappu's image artificially with subterfuge.
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        1. Kim Sharma
          Feb 13, 2018 at 9:05 pm
          The source of ur wisdom is your own actions. Can any Chris be so foolish to support Modi? A true Chris and other Christians are well educated, unlike we morons.
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            Chris
            Feb 13, 2018 at 9:17 pm
            C'mon grow up babes, heard of Alphons Kannanthanam ?? Who is he what responsibility does he perform and which religious group does he belongs to? Yes, manifest are moron as such basic knowledge not having before writing comments. In Kerala many a high posts of BJP adored by this religious people as support for Modi is supporting honesty and truthfulness, fight against corruption - tentacles of scum spread all those 68 long years under Congress. Do an honest soul-search and reply to this comment doesn't the termite of corruption eat up the Indian society blurring progress to growth ??
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          Swami
          Feb 13, 2018 at 12:33 pm
          Dictatorial tendencies are visible in Moochiji from the day Moochiji discarded His wife as used Napkin.Have you not seen How Moochiji acted as CM of Gujarat?How he silenced His own party opponents.Look into Haren Pandya Case and get informed.Moochiji never allowed Janlokpal appointment in Gujarat tiLl the day He was CM.Beleive in Annaji if not others. Stone eyed and heart Moochiji is a Capitalist stooge.His concern are the three Swarans.The three centre of power to unite and suppress the poor,weak and downtrodden the new Shudras of Free India.
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            Swami
            Feb 13, 2018 at 12:26 pm
            Only you Saffron's has patented birth right to fool Hindus.It is only Moochiji who has all rights to assume all Indians are foolish to fall into His lies for always.Moochiji's own Gujarat had rejected Him for a Reason.Sitting on the most respected seat of Cons ution , Moochiji has betrayed Indian Citizens for MNC's Capitalists lobby. BJP will die its own death.BJP will use religion, religious riots and divisive politics specially in Northern Karnataka to fool Kanadigas dians should be aware of their ploy.
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