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I am devotee of Lord Shiva: Rahul Gandhi on his temple visits in Gujarat

"I am a devotee of Lord Shiva. Let them say whatever they want to say. My truth is with me," Rahul Gandhi said here when asked about the BJP's criticism of his visits to various temples.

By: PTI | Becharaji | Updated: November 14, 2017 7:51 am
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Battling allegations of playing the soft Hindutva card by visiting temples during his election campaign in Gujarat, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi today said he is a devotee of Lord Shiva.

Gandhi, who has visited a number of temples since he kicked off his campaign by offering prayer at Dwarkadhish temple Dwarka in September, today had darshan of Veer Meghmaya in Patan, Khodiyar Maa in Varana and Maa Bahuchar at Becharaji in Mehsana district.

“I am a devotee of Lord Shiva. Let them say whatever they want to say. My truth is with me,” Gandhi told reporters here when asked about the BJP’s criticism of his visits to various temples. The BJP, which has often accused the Congress of Muslim appeasement, termed Gandhi’s frequent temple visits an attempt to attract Hindu voters. However, the Congress countered the charge, saying the saffron party does not have the “patent on devotion”.

Gandhi started his campaign today with a visit to the Veer Meghmaya temple, sacred to the members of the Dalit vankar community. Later, he visited Khodiyar Maa temple and Maa Bahuchar temple. Gandhi had kicked off his tour of north Gujarat last Saturday after offering prayers at the Akshardham temple. He also offered prayer at the famous Ambaji temple. He visited two temples yesterday as well.

The Congress leader had climbed around 1,000 steps to seeks the blessings of Maa Chamunda in Chotila a few weeks ago. “We are not against his temple visits. We wish that everybody goes to temples and follows our tradition. But I want to ask….he (Gandhi) lives in Delhi and there are many temples there. Has he ever gone to any temple in Delhi? Has he visited Delhi Akshardham (Delhi) temple?” state BJP in-charge Bhupender Yadav said.

Deputy Chief Minister and BJP leader Nitin Patel had earlier said people can see through Gandhi’s visits to temples, which he termed a “gimmick” for votes. Patel had also asked the Congress to shed its “pseudo secularism” and respect mainstream Hindutva.

The Congress had countered the charge, saying the BJP does not have the sole patent on devotion and visiting temples. “Rahul Gandhiji visited Jain temple and Gurudwaras apart from Hindu temples. We believe in secularism,” Congress leader Shaktisinh Gohil said. The Congress is trying to form a bloc comprising Patidars, Dalits and OBCs to thwart the BJP’s attempts to retain power in the state which it has ruled for close to two decades without a break.

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    Rubal Goyal
    Nov 15, 2017 at 1:04 pm
    Lolz this man is doing the same things as sir Narendra modi do.. Then he calls him a person who divides the communities and rule.. I must say Rahul Gandhi you are dragging yourself into politics of our PM Modi.. Why don't you just step out of this and shows what are your true colours. I must say as BB said " Nadan jaanwar hai tu is jungle ke julm jhel sakta nahi, ban na hai toh giraffe ban har koi uski le sakta nai "....
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      k.a.krishna rao
      Nov 14, 2017 at 8:46 pm
      Shiva..! Shiva..! Shantam Papam. Shantam Papam...!!
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        rishi
        Nov 14, 2017 at 8:30 pm
        Lust for the "poison" that power is, can turn anyone change colours...SAFFRON IS THE ANSWER THAT COLONIAL-CORRUPT-CONGRESS FINALLY REALISES BUT IT IS TOO LATE...considering that the charge against congress in context of governance is of "corruption and indulgence in anti-nationalism" in the 21st century India where people are voting for rapid economic development for which Nationalism is a prerequisite, both of which BEING INHERENT MANIFESTATIONS OF RSS-BJP-Combine attract an increasing crores of Indians embracing NDA's National Mainstream with every state election...UP, Uttaranchal, and now Himachal Pradesh already conceded by congress even before the results come out and naturally Gujaratis who have absolutely no logic of losing out on the trillion-dollar opportunities and a world-class status to Gujarat as bonus that Modi's leadership at the Centre is planning to bring with a like-minded development-oriented progressive Government of BJP continuing to wield power in the State.
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          rajveer
          Nov 14, 2017 at 1:02 pm
          Why bhakts are not happy with this gharwapsi???
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            bhakt
            Nov 14, 2017 at 7:14 pm
            Because we expected something much much better
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            Nishanth
            Nov 14, 2017 at 10:02 am
            I see a similarity in the ppl commenting here from bjp IT cell and propogation from isis fanatics.......Both claim that they are the sole authority to their respective ppl....The mistake which the moderate Muslims did was to keep quiet....... Don't expect us in hinduism to be silent and spoil it's sanc y...... Yes the corruption of bjp in Gujarat will be out.....Yes we like the 15 lakh which shah has promised.....From his crony capitalists.......
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              bhakt
              Nov 14, 2017 at 7:17 pm
              By ISIS fanatics you mean from the Congress IT Cell, of course. As you claim sole authority on Muslims and try to pass off your Muslim Communal Politics as Secularism. Remember the opposit of Pro is Con Similarly the opposit of Progress is Congress !!!
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