Published: Thu, November 30, 2017
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Somnath temple visit: Rahul Gandhi listed as non-Hindu visitor

Somnath temple visit: Rahul Gandhi listed as non-Hindu visitor

Prime Minister Narendra Modi unleashed a campaign blitz across Gujarat on Wednesday, attacking the Congress for everything from its "dynastic politics" and neglect of the state to its alleged opposition to an ancient Shiva temple repeatedly destroyed by Muslim invaders. The Patidar community in Morbi region has been pressing the government for reservation in government jobs and colleges for over two years. BJP, led by PM Narendra Modi, is also engaged in a full-fledged campaign across the state. Blaming the Congress for taking credit for minor schemes in the state, like providing hand pumps, Mr Modi said BJP rule had brought in major works like the Narmada project.

"First question to the prime minister on the state of affairs in Gujarat - in 2012, promises were made to provide 50 lakh new houses but built 4.72 lakh in five years".

BJP's star campaigner Yogi Adityanath said that as per the norm of the temple, every non-Hindu person visiting the Somnath temple needs to make a register entry before entering the premises.

At a time when Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's visit to famous Somnath temple ahead of the crucial Gujarat Assembly elections has erupted war of words between the ruling BJP and the Congress, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, in an exclusive interview to India TV, on Thursday said that the Gandhi scion is becoming a butt of jokes due to his "childish behaviour". Referring to the Rafale deal, he said: "I asked Modiji three questions (on the Rafale deal)". But the farmers neither get the right price for their produce nor do they get water.

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The Congress' issued a clarification soon after the news broke on social media and said that at the Somnath Temple there is only one visitor book and any other image that has been circulated is fake. While Modi was rallying in Morbi, Patidar leader Hardik Patel addressed a rally 30 kilometres away. "They hate development, they hate Gujarat, they hate Modi and now they hate sweat also".

Invoking Mahatma Gandhi, Mr Modi said: "We have the legacy of Fakir Gandhi - the great Mahatma. Such hatred for the poor is shocking", the prime minister said.

Prime Minister Modi is expected to attend at least 20 public meetings and rallies in the next 15 days ahead of the assembly polls to be held on December 9 and 14. Counting of votes will take place on December 18.

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