New Delhi: In what seems to be a response to the BJP’s demand of knowing Rahul Gandhi’s ‘gotra’, the Congress president revealed during a puja ceremony in Rajasthan’s Pushkar that he is a Kaul Brahmin and belongs to the Dattatreya gotra.
Amid the high-voltage poll campaigning in Rajasthan, Rahul Gandhi visited the Brahma temple in Pushkar where was asked about his gotra by the priest.
Gandhi did not reveal the gotra to the media, but it was the head priest of the temple who revealed the same. The priest cited the documents signed by the Gandhi scion’s ancestors during their visits to the temple.
The documents showed that from Motilal Nehru to Indira Gandhi and even his father Rajiv Gandhi belonged to the Dattatreya Kaul Brahmin. The records reveal that Rajiv Gandhi visited the temple thrice, while Sonia Gandhi have visited the ancient holy place twice.
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The BJP has been critical of his temple run terming it an attempt to draw Hindu voters while the Congress has rejected the charge saying that the saffron party does not have the patent on devotion.
Earlier, speaking at a rally in Indore, the BJP spokesperson, Sambit Patra said, “If Rahul wears a ‘janeu’, what type of ‘janeu’ does he wear, what is 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.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi was a ‘janeu (sacred thread) dhari’ after his temple visit in Gujarat. Later, during his Mansarovar trip, he came out as a follower of Shiva.
“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),” Gandhi had retorted.
Rahul’s temple run began during the Gujarat elections last year with a visit to the famous Dwarkadheesh Temple dedicated to Lord Krishna. He visited at least 25 more temples, including a visit to Somnath that triggered a controversy over his religion.
In the subsequent Karnataka elections, the Congress assured that Rahul’s itinerary includes visits to all prominent temples and local mutts.
The Congress is leaving no stone unturned in order to come back to power in Rajasthan. A pre-poll survey recently predicted a clear majority for the Grand Old Party riding on the anti-incumbency factor.