Congress President Rahul Gandhi is again under attack for his relentless ‘temple visits’ before elections. Just like his visit to temples during the Gujarat Election campaigns, the Congress scion will also be visiting temples in election-bound Karnataka during his four-day stay in the state. This is something that isn’t going down well with the BJP. While Rahul Gandhi addressed his first rally today, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said that the Congress president only does “election tourism”. “What Rahul Gandhi does is election tourism. He is going from temples to mutts. I would have been happier had he not waited for Karnataka election. He remembered temples during Gujarat election in November & only now after 3 months,” Goyal said.
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Rahul Gandhi began his tour titled Jana Aashirwada Yatre today. During the course of the day, he visited the Huligemma Temple in Koppal. In the evening, he visited the Gavi Siddeshwara Mutt in the district. The Congress chief will also address campaign rallies and programmes during the visit. On Saturday, he kickstarted his four-day poll campaign with the launching of Jana Aashirwada Yatre from Hosapete city in Bellary, Karnataka. Ahead of the Gujarat Assembly elections in December, Gandhi had visited several temples in the state, including the Somnath Temple. His temple run in Gujarat had invited criticism from the BJP, which had accused him of playing a “soft Hindutva” card ahead of the state polls.
Meanwhile, the Congress scion today intensified his attack on the NDA government on the Rafale fighter jet deal, alleging it was the “biggest issue” of corruption in the country now. Launching his party campaign at Hosapete in Ballari district, Gandhi alleged that Modi had “personally” changed the contract during his visit to France to give it to a “friend”, and said the prime minister had not answered the three questions posed by him on the deal. “Today Rafale aircraft is the biggest issue of corruption in the country. I want to tell a few things about this to you,” he said. On a four-day tour, Gandhi will cover Ballari, Koppal, Raichur, Kalaburagi and Bidar districts in north Karnataka, addressing public rallies, holding roadshows and interacting with farmers and others.