BJP Leader GVL Narasimha Rao Compares Rahul Gandhi With Alauddin Khilji, Aurangzeb, Questions His Gujarat Temple visits
New Delhi, Nov 23: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) appears in no mood to let the issue of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s Gujarat temple visits die down easily. Senior BJP leader GVL Narasimha Rao described the Congress leader’s visits to various temples in Gujarat as a drama ahead of Assembly elections in the state. Rao said Rahul Gandhi is following the footsteps of medieval India emperors Alauddin Khilji and Aurangzeb.
“Aurangzeb (a Mughal emperor) had destroyed many temples during his rule. However, when the common people opposed him, he promised to build two-three temples. Alauddin Khilji did the same…and now Rahul Gandhi is going in the same direction,” Rao told reporters.
During his campaign trail, Gandhi visited a string of temples in Gujarat, including the famous Akshardham shrine. The BJP has accused him of playing the soft Hindutva card in a bid to attract the majority community.
Rao’s controversial remark has come just days after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath sought to tutor Rahul Gandhi over his temple visits.
Speaking during an event organised by a TV news channel in Lucknow recently, Yogi Adityanath mocked Rahul Gandhi, saying the Congress vice-president doesn’t even know how to sit in temple.
“Accha hai ki wo mandir ja rhe hain…lekin us bechare ko yeh bhi nahin maloom ki mandir main kaise baitha jaata hai (I am happy that Rahul Gandhi is visiting temples in Gujarat and cleansing his mind. The poor guy doesn’t even know how to sit in a temple.),
“During his visit to Kashi Vishwanath temple, he (Rahul) was sitting as if he was offering namaaz. The priest had to remind him that he was in a temple not a mosque,” Adityanath added.
Rahul Gandhi, who is set to be elevated as Congress president in December, has been visiting temples in Gujarat, where Assembly elections will be held in two phases on December 9 and 14. Results are scheduled to be announced on December 18.
While the BJP has been targeting Rahul over his temple tours, the Congress stressed that no political meaning should be read into it.
Battling allegations of playing the soft Hindutva card by visiting temples during his election campaign in Gujarat, Rahul Gandhi recently said he is a devotee of Lord Shiva.
“I am a devotee of Lord Shiva. Let them say whatever they want to say. My truth is with me,” Gandhi told had reporters.