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Rahul defends temple run, says he will continue it

Press Trust of India  |  Jewargi (Karna) 

Facing the charge of practising "soft Hindutva", today defended his visits to temples and religious places, asserting that he would continue it.

"I like going to temples, wherever I get religious place I go there. I feel good and feel happy, and I will continue (to go)," told reporters here.

On a four-day election campaign in poll-bound Karnataka, was responding to B S Yeddyurappa's "Election Hindu" jibe at him.

"I heartily welcome #ElectionHindu @OfficeOfRG to Ballari. The #will fulfill our dream of a #CongressMuktKarnataka," had said in a tweet, ahead of Gandhi's visit to the state from February 10.

Gandhi's temple run in his election itinerary which began in the run-up to the assembly polls, has invited the criticism from the BJP that it was an election exercise.

Other critics have called it "soft "

During his current tour to north Karnataka, Gandhi visited Goddess Huligamma temple, a famous shrine in the region, and Gavi Siddheshwara Mutt, a mutt of the majority Lingayat community.

He also visited a Dargah in Raichur today.

In his brief interaction with reporters, Gandhi asked and to inform people about the reasons why ministers during BJP rule in the state had to go to jail.

He said "Modiji comes here and speaks about corruption. is someone who had gone to jail and come."

"When Yeddyurappa and Modiji speak about corruption, theyshould inform people that during BJP rule four ministers hadgone to jail, Yeddyurappa himself had gone to jail and 11 ministers had to resign. Let them explain about it," he said.

Gandhi again questioned the about the Rafale fighter jet deal, reiterating his charge that the contract was taken away from and given to Modi's "friend".

"Why did you take away contract from Why did youtake away jobs from youth of Why did you do this togive it to your friend? What was the logic behind it?," heasked.

Questioning whether the requisite permissions were taken from the cabinet committee on security, Gandhi asked what the aircraft's price was.

"Earlier said she will share the price details to the country. After three to four months she is saying the matter is a state secret. Was it not state secret earlier?," he asked.

Attacking the for demonetisation and GST terming it as 'Gabbar Singh Tax", the leadersaid the measures have "shut" all businesses in the country.

He asked Modi to speak about how Amit Shah's son made Rs 80 crore out of Rs 50,000 in three months.

has rejected the charge of corruption.

His son has filed a criminal defamation suit against the portal which claimed his business fortunes had zoomed after BJP came to power in 2014.

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First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 19:05 IST