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Rahul Gandhi visits temples in poll-bound Karnataka

Press Trust of India 

As he blew the election bugle in poll-bound today, Rahul today embarked on temple visits in a replay of his style election campaign.

launched the campaign at a rally at Hosapete in district, as he undertook a four-day tour of northern to drum up support for the party in the coming assembly polls.

The first stop of his convoy was the GoddessHuligamma temple in district.

It is a famous temple in the region.

Gandhi's high profile air conditioned caravan with extra-ordinary security arrangements, elicited response from many curious onlookers and passers by.

While travelling from one temple to the other, he stopped at certain places and spoke to some workers waiting with party flags to greet their leader.

They stood on both sides of the road to have a glimpse of the scion of Nehru-family and cheered on seeing him.

He too responded enthusiastically.

Siddaramaiah, G Parameshwara and minister D K Shivakumar accompanied him, besides a host of Congress leaders.

At the centuries old temple, Gandhi worshipped thedeity even as hundreds of people stood outside to get a view of him.

The applied vermilion on his forehead and garlanded him.

After coming out, shook hands with the curious onlookers and spoke to a few of them.

The next destination of the "Janaashirvada Yatra" bus was Gavi in Koppal, a mutt of the majority Lingayat community.

He was greeted there by Gavi Siddeshwara Mahaswamiji, who garlanded him on his arrival.

A large number of people were present to see him.

Students of the Mutt gave roses and shook hand with him.

He also paid homage to the Swamis of the past at their tomb.

Later speaking to reporters, Mutt students expressed happiness over meeting Gandhi.

"spoke to us in English. He inquired about our studies. We are very happy after meeting him," said a student.

He wound up his whirlwind tour by addressing a public gathering at Kukanuru in

Meanwhile, member questioned Gandhi's temple and Mutt visits and asked him to reveal his true belief.

She tweeted, "Election Hindu Rahul Gandhi is on his temple/Mutt visit in Karnataka I would like to know Whatis his true belief?Gimmick of visiting temples can't be used to fool Hindus, Congress Govt in power has been blatantly Anti Hindu."

'Election Hindu' is the coinage devised by the Karnataka BJP, mocking his visits to temples, saying it was prompted by elections.

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First Published: Sat, February 10 2018. 21:05 IST