New Delhi: Keeping his promise made during the Jan Aakrosh Rally at Ramlila Maidan way back in April, Congress President Rahul Gandhi is set to undertake the Kailash Mansarovar yatra on August 31, said media reports on Wednesday. The plan is in line with Gandhi’s “I am a Shiv bhakt” sentiment and the yatra is considered the most auspicious among Shiv bhakts. Also Read - Coronavirus: Total Positive Cases Climb to 1024, Death Toll Reaches 27, State Borders Sealed | Top Points
During the April rally, Gandhi had said he had decided to undertake the yatra after he narrowly escaped an air mishap while campaigning during Karnataka elections. His flight had gone off the radar for a few minutes and the Congress blamed the BJP for not cooperating. Gandhi had then said he would undertake the yatra to thank Shiva. However, a leading portal revealed that MEA sources said Gandhi needed to have registered for the yatra; a routine procedure as the route goes through China as well. There are options for special permission and private travel agencies also organise yatras. Also Read - 'Stand Together With Govt But Sudden Lockdown Created Immense Panic', Rahul Gandhi Writes to PM
Reports suggest that by planning the yatra, Gandhi is only trying to project himself as a devout Hindu. While campaigning in Gujarat and Karnataka elections, Gandhi went temple-hopping and at one time was even seen wearing a rudraksh. The Congress had even claimed that Gandhi and his family were janayeu dhaaris. Gandhi had also called himself a janayeu-dhari Brahmin and a devotee of Shiva during the Gujarat elections. In 2015, Gandhi had gone on Kedarnath yatra just after the Uttarakhand floods. Meanwhile, the Kailash yatra concludes on September 8. Also Read - ‘Shameful to Treat Indian Citizens Like This,’ Says Rahul Gandhi on Exodus of Migrants Due to Lockdown
Gandhi, on the last leg of his two-day trip to the rain and flood-battered Kerala, addressed the media on Wednesday and couldn’t miss the opportunity to attack the Centre and the RSS by saying, “There are two different visions of India, one is a centralized vision and the other is a decentralized vision. One respects only one ideology, based out of Nagpur and the other respects all different ideas, cultures, different people in this country. That fight is on,” he said. The RSS headquarters are in Nagpur.