Allahabad Kumbh Mela: Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma on Thursday said that on behalf of the state government, he will invite Congress president Rahul Gandhi to visit Prayagraj during Kumbh Mela.
Kumbh Mela 2019: Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma on Thursday sent out an invite to Congress president Rahul Gandhi for the upcoming Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, now Prayagraj. Sharma also advised Rahul to visit his grandfather ‘Firoze Jahangir Khan’s kabra (grave)’ located there as well as offer prayers.
Sharma who was here to invite Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, his Cabinet colleagues as well as Congress Leader of Opposition Paresh Dhanani for the Kumbh Mela that begins from January 15, said that Rahul should offer prayers as per his ‘Hindu Dattatrey Gotra’.
Seeking to indicate that Rahul’s grandfather Firoze Gandhi was a Muslim (and not a Parsee) who married Indira Gandhi, the Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister called him “Firoze Jahangir Khan”.
“His (Firoze Gandhi’s) grave is in Prayagraj and Rahul ji must visit it since he has never been there, and light a candle there. I urge Rahul Gandhi to visit Prayagraj for the Kumbh Mela and also perform puja at his grandfather’s grave. Rahul Gandhi is of the Dattatreya gotra, so I think he should visit the Kumbh Mela,” Sharma said.
The Uttar Pradesh government recently renamed the Allahabad as Prayagraj. The city is all set to host the world’s largest religious gathering from January 15. The BJP government wants it to be a big success and for that, the ministers are sent across the country for the event’s publicity.
“We want everyone to visit Prayagraj for the Kumbh Mela this year and that’s why we are extending this invite to all in the government and everybody,” the Deputy CM said.
The Uttar Pradesh government is not only endorsing the event but has also formed the Prayagraj Mela Authority for Kumbh Mela’s smooth functioning.