Live | Congress President Rahul Gandhi offers prayers at Gujarat's Somnath temple, to hold review meeting

23 December 2017, 01:30 PM

Newly-elected Congress president Rahul Gandhi will visit the famous Somnath temple on Saturday. This will be his second visit to the temple. Earlier, he had visited the temple on campaign trail in Gujarat for the Assembly polls

The Congress leader landed at Keshod Airport in Saurashtra and offered prayers at the temple which is about 420 km from the state capital.

Gandhi is scheduled to hold zone-wise meets with Saurashtra, Central Gujarat, South Gujarat and North Gujarat leaders in Ahmedabad today and is expected to address the Congress workers.

Rahul Gandhi's visit to the Somnath temple got mired in a controversy after his name was found written on the entry register meant for non-Hindus, with the Congress calling it "fake" and BJP insisting that the leader declare his religious faith before people.

He began his two-day visit to the state after offering prayers at the famous temple.

Non-Hindus are allowed to visit the temple but have to first get themselves registered at the shrine's office. A purported photocopy of the page of the register for non-Hindus with names of Gandhi and senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel written on it went viral on social media soon after their visit.

The signature against their names was that of the Congress party's media coordinator Manoj Tyagi. 

Here are the LIVE updates:

#Congress President Rahul Gandhi offered prayers at Gujarat's Somnath temple

Congress President Rahul Gandhi offers prayers at Gujarat's Somnath temple

Congress President Rahul Gandhi visits Gujarat's Somnath temple 

# Congress President Rahul Gandhi arrives at Gujarat's Keshod Airport, to visit Somnath temple, also to hold review meetings with newly-elected MLAs and party workers later today.

With PTI Inputs

First Published: Saturday, December 23, 2017 08:27 AM
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