NEW DELHI: In a major gaffe, a close aide of Rahul Gandhi has entered the Congress leaders’ name in the register of non-Hindu visitors to Gujarat’s famed Somnath temple.
Congress party’s media coordinator Manoj Tyagi made the goof-up on Wednesday when Rahul Gandhi was paying a visit to the Somnath temple ahead of a a two-day campaign tour in the poll-bound state. While writing the name of Congress MP Ahmed Patel, who was also part of Rahul’s entourage, in the special register for non-Hindus visiting the temple, Tyagi also jotted down the Congress vice-president’s name.
A famous pilgrim place of Lord Shiva, the Somnath temple is barred to non-Hindus, who must obtain permission from the temple authorities to enter the sacred place.
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While Rahul arrived at the Somnath temple earlier this afternoon, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was addressing a public rally at Prachi, a town barely 25 kms away from the temple.
Targeting Rahul for his stopover at Somnath temple, PM Modi pointed out that his great-grandfather and India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru had been opposed to the building of the shrine.