Somnath temple visit: Rahul Gandhi listed as non-Hindu

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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.

PM Modi accuses Congress of elitism once again
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.

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