Rahul Gandhi halts speech on hearing prayer call from mosque

On hearing the prayer call, Gandhi stopped his speech, stepped aside and stood with his head bowed deferentially.

By: Press Trust of India | Allahabad | Published:May 5, 2014 9:53 pm

A call for prayer at a mosque made Rahul Gandhi to halt his speech for around five minutes, even as anxious party colleagues looked on fearing
that the Congress Vice President might run out of time on the last day of campaigning in Allahabad.

Gandhi arrived at the Anglo Bengali College Ground of the city around 4.30 PM, barely one and a half hour before the end of campaigning for the penultimate phase of the Lok Sabha elections.

After receiving a warm welcome from party supporters and senior leaders like AICC General Secretary Madhusudan Mistry and candidates for Allahabad, Phulpur and Kaushambi, Nand Gopal Gupta, Mohd Kaif and Mahendra Gautam, respectively,

Gandhi began his speech recalling his family’s long association with the city dating back to the days of Jawaharlal Nehru.

But then around 5 PM, the loudspeaker of a mosque situated adjacent to the venue of the rally sounded the muezzin’s call. On hearing the call, Gandhi stopped his speech, promptly stepped aside and stood with his head bowed deferentially.

After the muezzin ended his call, Gandhi returned in front of the mike to resume his speech and was greeted by a huge round of applause.

During his speech that lasted for nearly 35 minutes, Gandhi spoke in a conversational tone, and shedding his usual gravitas, he regaled the crowds with humorous remarks.

In a further bid to strike a chord with the people, Rahul broke the security cordon to shake hands with supporters before departing.

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    Rafiq Azam
    May 6, 2014 at 11:06 am
    How is that he missed Namaz. After all he is gson of one Feroze Khan?
    1. B
      Barin Desai
      May 6, 2014 at 4:38 am
      Why Indian express is sounding like Times of India. I too stop all work when I hear few sounds, so will you make me PM of this country?
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        Raju Mansinghka
        May 6, 2014 at 7:51 am
        a real pseudo secularist during election time ., do leaders from jdu/sp/tmc etc do this ???
        1. M
          May 6, 2014 at 10:53 am
          Present India was once Hindustan, a promised land in its own way with fertile soil,rivers and rich culture and wealth.This wealth attracted many invasions from foreigners but never became permanent until Moghals and British who tried to change the culture into muslim and christian and resulted in present problem of differences among Hindu and Muslims. which in fact has been aggravated by politics.The problem is will these leaders stop their speech when temple or a church bell rings.Hindus have long been known for their tolerance.How long can this be suppressed even after decades of Muslim and British rule? The intellectual group has to struggle to survive in spite of talent because of the issues of minority.This is the issue of a common man who has to struggle daily to find basic necessities ,while those who visit the country and hold foreign pport because they belong to particular family enjoy luxuries of SUVS,multiple bungalows etc.and want power to rule the country in the name of the fore fathers..
          1. A
            May 6, 2014 at 3:46 am
            hi scion learning lessons from his political rival Arvind Kejriwal. BUT he is not aware that the person whom he is imitating is on a mission to decimate Congress !
            1. G
              May 6, 2014 at 9:41 am
              Why doesn't Rahul find a better political ideny rather than aping others- this time it's kejriwal jharuwala
              1. G
                May 6, 2014 at 9:40 am
                mamata does 'alam alaikum' a lot, she also advertises offering namaz in muslim areas
                1. I
                  May 6, 2014 at 8:50 am
                  thats called respect for your citizen... and this is what we need in our politics .. respect for each other work for country ...
                  1. K
                    May 7, 2014 at 11:02 am
                    He is true musalman, g son of Firoz khan, great great gson of Ghazimod.
                    1. P
                      May 6, 2014 at 10:12 am
                      Mullah hi putting on false show to please the muslim community! Who is practising communal politics?
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                        Rajiv Pande
                        May 6, 2014 at 2:45 pm
                        What a drama ! Kejriwal did the same thing. These guys have run out of ideas.
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                          aditya purohit
                          May 7, 2014 at 7:06 am
                          it was a genuine gesture.....n kind of welcomed in today's false and dirty propaa politics .... welcome gesture mus be applauded . JAI HIND
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                            Ramasubramani Hariharaiyer
                            May 6, 2014 at 8:47 am
                            That is secularism.The mosque uses loud speakers and announce the prayer (song)!sothat it is heard at least one km away,does not matter it is in an unknown language even for 90%of the followers,whereas in a Hindu temple at the time of Deeparadhana only a few metal gongs are sounded which is never heard outside the temple.Let hindu's arrange loud speakers to magnify the noise of the gongs then our Raulji will halt his speeches during Deeparadhana time.Rahul am I not correct? Or Have you reservations ?
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                              Shubhi Patel
                              May 6, 2014 at 1:16 am
                              This is actually their b of secularism. Minority appeat is the only way for congress now.They will surely reap what they are sowing come May 16th.
                              1. V
                                May 6, 2014 at 2:37 am
                                What nautanki
                                1. C
                                  May 6, 2014 at 11:12 am
                                  A big drama to cheat the voters and make more scams???? hope all voters would see and vote accordingly to defeat these pseudo secularists, Jaihind
                                  1. F
                                    May 6, 2014 at 10:44 am
                                    wah! Rahul beta .. do you really do this even when you are not in a rally ? i have never heard such news. India's best dramebaaz
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