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Rahul begins campaign in N Gujarat,offers prayer at Akshardham

Press Trust of India  |  Gandhinagar 

vice-president Rahul Gandhi today began his campaign for Assembly polls in north with a visit to the famous Akshardahm temple here.

Akshardham temple belongs to the Swaminarayan sect, which has a huge following among the Patel community, and the is trying to woo the community ahead of the Assembly to be held in two phases on December 9 and December 14.


Gandhi arrived here this morning and went to the Akshardham temple. He offered prayers to Lord Swaminarayan at the temple and began his three-day tour which will cover six districts.

The criticised the move, saying Gandhi was visiting Hindu temples just ahead of elections to get votes.

"Why is only visiting temple ahead of elections. People know their intentions that they want to get votes by such gimmicks. They have no inclination of devotion as during Rahul Gandhi's earlier trip he never visited any temple," Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel said.

"We wish that sheds its pseudo-secularism and respect mainstream Hindutva, but their gimmicks to get votes will not work in Gujarat," Patel said.

However, the hit back, saying people will teach the a lesson as it is opposing a visit to temple.

"Does anybody have patent on devotion? They are opposing a visit to the temple. People of will teach them a lesson," leader Shaktisinh Gohil said.

"Rahul Gandhiji has visited Jain temple and Gurudwaras apart from Hindu temples. We believe in secularism," he said.

Gandhi is going to visit the famous Ambaji temple in Banaskantha district in north this evening.

He had started his campaign in the western state with a visit to the renowned Dwarkadheesh temple.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, November 11 2017. 13:48 IST
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