Rahul once again offers prayers at Somnath Temple

'Dirty caste politics' rejected in Guj and Himachal

'Dirty caste politics' rejected in Guj and Himachal

Sonia Gandhi arrived a little before Rahul for the meeting and was accorded a warm reception by the committee members. A huge row had erupted during Gandhi's visit to Somnath on November 29 after an image with his and senior party leader Ahmed Patel's names, purportedly from a register meant for non-Hindus, went viral.

Sensing the damage the news could do in the majority Hindu state, Gujarat, during the elections, the Congress came up with a claim that Rahul is a janeu-dhari (the one who wears Brahminical thread) Hindu. "Desperate times call for desperate measures?" tweeted the Congress.

On December 21, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said in Totana that "the Gujarat election has done two things: it has taught former prime minister Manmohan Singh to speak and Rahul Gandhi to visit temples".

The results of the Gujarat Assembly polls announced earlier this week brought some cheer to the Congress as the party put up a strong fight in the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah.

Post elections, the Gujarat Congress organised a three-day conclave, to be concluded on Saturday, to discuss the results and other issues, media reported.

On Saturday, after offering prayers at Somnath, the newly elected Congress president will reach Ahmedabad, where he will meet party leaders from four regions of the state one after the other from 1:15 pm to 5:15 pm. The proof is that the BJP did not give a single ticket to Muslims out of the 182 in the Gujarat Assembly, and Congress gave only six. Even in Surat's Patidar-dominated Choryasi, the BJP won with a whopping margin of over 40,000 votes.

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