Bhopal: In what seems as an attempt to push Congress’ ‘soft Hindutva’ stand, party president Rahul Gandhi will on Monday continue with his temple run in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh where he will visit the Datia temple — one of the 51 Shakti Peethas. Also Read - 'Unlike UP...': Rahul Gandhi Hits Out At BJP Over 'Gandhis Don't Care' Comment
Besides visiting the temple in Datia, Rahul would also hold a public meeting at Debra. The next day he would be addressing public meetings at Sabalgarh and Sheopur district. Also Read - Hoshiarpur Rape: Gandhis Can't See Atrocities Against Women in States Where Congress is in Power, Says BJP
Gandhi had launched the party’s poll campaign in the poll-bound state on September 17 with ‘Kanya pujan’ in Bhopal. Since then, he has visited several temples in the state including the Kamtanath temple in Chitrakoot and performed the Narmada Aarti on the banks of the sacred river inn Jabalpur on October 6. Also Read - Bihar Assembly Election 2020: Migrants Walked Kms Without Food & Water, Did PM Help You Then, Asks Rahul | Highlights
When the Congress chief visits the Indore-Ujjain region on October 25-26, he is expected to pay a visit to the Mahakal temple.
During his future visits to the state, he would seek blessings at Pashupatinath temple in Mandsaur and Omkareshwar, one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in the country.
His temple visits, which come ahead of the Assembly elections scheduled next month, have been widely criticised by the BJP which has termed it as a move to gain political mileage.
Recently, Congress’ ambitions to stitch a grand alliance ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections against the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre suffered a major setback after BSP supremo Mayawati ruled out possibility of going hand in hand in the Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.
She blamed Congress “arrogant” attitude for the failure of alliance talks and said that her party will not beg for seats in order to come in an alliance with the Grand Old Party.
However, the Congress said that BSP’s decision to not align with the Congress in Madhya Pradesh will not effect the party’s performance.
Asked if the BSP could cut into the Congress’ vote share, senior leader Jyotiraditya Scindia said Sunday: “I don’t think so. Obviously, the alliance would have had its own benefits, but as things stand today, support for the Congress is running deep in Madhya Pradesh. The workers are motivated and the people are looking to us for change. So, we are definitely still in the driver’s seat.”
The state will go to polls on November 28 and counting of votes will be held on December 11. Several opinion polls have kept the Congress marginally ahead of the BJP in the upcoming state Assembly elections.