New Delhi, Aug 31 (UNI) Even as Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday left on a trip to Kailash Mansarovar to fulfill his wish to have a ‘darshan of Lord Shiva and pray for the prosperity of the country, the Congress on Friday charged the BJP of narrating a convoluted story about Rahul’s connection with China.
Talking to reporters here, AICC media incharge Randeep Surjewala said, ‘as an ardent Shiv devotee, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday left on a trip to Kailash Mansarovar, a wish he had made after going through a ‘near death ‘ encounter during the campaigning for the assembly elections in Karnataka.
He will be walking to the Kailash Manssrovar parbat by foot.’
Charging the BJP of narrating a convoluted story about Rahul’s connection with China, Surjewala said, ‘Is it a crime to visit Kailash Mansarovar to pray for the prosperity of the country and for the well-being of the people. Does he have to seek permission of Narendra Modi to have darshan of his ‘Aradhya Dev’ (God)”? The BJP needs to respect the culture of the count. Instead, it is narrating a convoluted story about Rahul’s connection with China.’
Surjewala said that the trip of the Congress president would take 12 to 14 days.
Hours after reports emerged that Congress president Rahul Gandhi has left for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra via China, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) launched a scathing attack on him and demanded explanations over speaking like a spokesperson of the neighbouring country during his recent Europe tour.
Ye rishta kya kehlata hai?” BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said mockingly and added that Rahul Gandhi must explain his ‘love’ for China. We are not questioning his (Rahul Gandhi’s) faith but the special relationship that Rahul Gandhi and his family has with China must be explained. During the Beijing Olympics, Sonia Gandhi, Priyanka and Robert Vadra were special invitees, Patra said.
During his 12 day pilgrimage to Kailash Mansarovar, Rahul is expected to cover a distance of 60 kilometres on foot.
Political observers say his trip could be aimed at shaking off the ‘minority appeasement’ tag of the Congress.
Rahul, who has often talked about being a devotee of Lord Shiva, has said that the thought first occurred to him after he had a ‘near-death’ experience in April. A chartered plane with Rahul and his associates onboard suddenly plummeted 8,000 feet in April, barely avoiding a mishap. The DGCA report that came out on Friday revealed that the flight was just 20 seconds away from a crash when the aircraft developed a technical snag while flying from Delhi to Hubli on 26 April.