New Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi will be visiting the birthplace of Dr B.R. Ambedkar‘s birthplace, Mhow in Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday during his two-day Malwa tour. He will also be addressing rallies in Indore, Dhar, Khargone, and Mhow.
Gandhi will interact with news editors and the business community in two separate programmes at Indore, the commercial capital of Madhya Pradesh.
Earlier in the day, he had performed ‘puja’ at the Mahakaleshwar temple, which is one of the 12 ‘Jyotirlingas’ (special shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva) in the country. But this action didn’t go well with BJP, who accused Gandhi of playing the “soft Hindutva card” to attract the voters in poll-bound states.
The Congress, had last year, said Gandhi was an ardent “Shiv bhakt”. In August this year, he had undertaken Kailash Mansarovar Yatra to seek blessings of Lord Shiva.
Last year, facing BJP’s ire over his visit to the Somnath temple ahead of the Gujarat Assembly elections, Gandhi had said, “Main Shiv ka bhakt hoon, sachaai mein believe karta hoon. BJP jo bhi bole main apni sachaai mein believe karta hu (I am a devotee of Shiv. The BJP may say anything, but I will remain honest.)”
Taking a dig at the Congress president on Monday, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra had asked him what was his “gotra”. “After the Antony committee’s report, Rahul Gandhi is exhibiting fancy dress Hinduism continuously. To mislead the Hindus, he is sporting a “janeu” (scared thread) over the shirt. We demand that ‘janeudhari’ Rahul Gandhi clarify to which ‘gotra’ (clan) does he belong to,” Patra said.
He claimed that after the humiliating defeat in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, a committee headed by former Union minister A K Antony had said the Congress should take care of the Hindus for its political revival as it was losing ground because of its projected image of a “party of Muslims”.
The BJP also said that the Gandhi scion is exhibiting “fancy dress Hinduism” to fool people.
The MP Assembly polls will be held on November 28 and counting of votes will take place on December 11. On October 6, the election commission had announced dates for the Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Mizoram and Telangana Assembly elections 2018.
The BJP has been in power in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh. In Rajasthan, the party has 160 seats in the 200-member House while in Madhya Pradesh, it won 166 seats in the House. The BJP won the Chhattisgarh polls in 2013, securing 49 seats in the 91-member House.