Rahul Gandhi listed as ‘non-Hindu’ row: Former Indian diplomat had once called Sonia Gandhi a Christian

November 29, 2017 by  
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New Delhi, November 29, 2017: In a major goof-up, the media coordinator of Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday wrote “non-Hindu” against the name of the Congress vice-president in the register of the famed Somnath temple, leading the BJP to pounce on it as evidence that Gandhi is “not a Hindu”.

Rahul Gandhi not a Hindu? Big row over Congress Vice President’s signature at Somnath Temple

As soon as the faux pas came to light, Amit Malviya, the Bharatiya Janata Party IT cell head, tweeted an old video of Meera Shankar, former India’s Ambassador to the United States of America, in which she referred to Congress president Sonia Gandhi as Christian.

He further asked Gandhis to come clean on their faith.

The Congress, meanwhile, accused the BJP of playing dirty politics and hatching a cheap conspiracy by fabricating entries in the register kept at the Somnath temple, that was visited by Rahul Gandhi who the party called a “devout Hindu” and a strong “Shiv bhakt”.

Rahul Gandhi claims he is a Shiv bhakt, says he believes only in truth

Addressing a hurriedly-called press conference hours after the BJP sought to rake up a controversy over Rahul Gandhi’s name figuring in the register for non-Hindus, Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said the BJP was scared of the outcome of the Gujarat Assembly Elections and was thus resorting to cheap politics.

“There is only one visitor’s book at Somnath Temple that was signed by Congress VP Rahul Gandhi. Any other image being circulated is fabricated,” said Surjewala, adding “Desperate times call for desperate measures” – referring to the BJP.

“When the visitor’s book was given to him by the temple committee, Rahul Gandhi wrote a message on it with his name (Rahul Gandhi) and address (12, Tughlak Lane, New Delhi). “‘A very inspiring place’ was the message he wrote in the book,” he added.

“The other register was tweeted by mediapersons. Rahul Gandhi has neither written (in the other register) nor was the register given to him.”

The other register contained a signature by AICC media coordinator Manoj Tyagi, who was asked by some temple officials to sign so that the mediapersons accompanying Rahul Gandhi could enter the temple.

In the meantime, BJP spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao said in a tweet: “Rahul Gandhi is a non-Hindu and a ‘Shiv Bhakht’? Very impressive. No wonder he said earlier people go to temples and tease women.”

Quoting an article written in 1998 in New York Times, which said by the certainty that Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka were raised as Roman Catholics, Rao said: “This was never denied. Did Rahul Gandhi convert to Hinduism thereafter? @OfficeOfRG please clarify. It’s not a personal issue any longer.”

“Rahulji, Why is there so much secrecy and deceit about your and family’s religion, foreign travels, educational qualifications, passports/citizenship? Questions are never answered. Even British monarchy is more transparent. Is RTI only for govts & not for politicians? @OfficeOfRG,” he said in another tweet.

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