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BJP coins new 'gotra' for Rahul, calls it 'gotra Itlus'

Press Trust of India  |  Gorakhpur (UP) 

The BJP Thursday coined a new gotra' for Rahul Gandhi, mocking his Italian lineage through his

called it "gotra Itlus.

This is the latest remark in the row over Gandhi's gotra.

A at in recently said Gandhi gave out his gotra during a ritual as Dattatreya, who are Kashmiri Brahmins.

Some BJP leaders challenged the claim, reminding that Gandhi's paternal grandfather was a Parsi, not a Hindu with a 'gotra'.

Pandey told reporters here that Gandhi has no gotra, going by the traditional male lineage.

And if we take his gotra going by his mother, it should be gotra Itlus, he said.

Minister had said Tuesday that the 'gotra' mentioned by Gandhi while offering prayers at Pushkar was that of former and not of the

Motilal Nehru, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Sanjay Gandhi, and have come and offered prayers at the ghat and it is recorded with us, Pushkar Dinanath Kaul had said.

The claimed he possessed old records showing this.

also said the BJP supported the construction of in Ayodhya, which will built through any means.

The case is in court and we hope that the decision will be in our favour. However, the temple will be constructed by any means, the said, referring to the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute the is hearing.

But he added that the BJP had never contested elections on the issue and the party's agenda was always development.

He also defended Minister for an alleged remark in which he called Lord Hanuman a Dalit.

Pandey said the statement should be seen in a wider context.

"The expressed his views about Hanuman, the one who was behind uniting all in the Ramayana. But people who worry about 'gotra' started finding caste and 'gotra' in this too," he said.

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First Published: Thu, November 29 2018. 22:20 IST