Somnath temple visit: A day after a controversy broke out over his religion, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said he and his family members were “Shiva bhakts”, but he does not do “dalali” over religion for political gains. Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi has alleged that the “BJP people” had written his name in a second visitors’ book at Somnath temple, adding that he and his family members are Shiv Bhakts, but did not want to use their religion for political gains.Speaking at a closed-door meeting with traders in Amreli, Rahul said: “My grandmother (Indira Gandhi) and my family are Shiv bhakts (devotees). But we keep such things private. We generally do not speak about them. Because, we think it is a very personal matter and we don’t need anyone else’s certificate about it… We don’t want to do ‘dalali’ over it. We do not want to use it for political purposes too.”Mr Gandhi’s repeated visits to temples during the election campaign in Gujarat has irked many BJP leaders, who have claimed that it is a sign of desperation of the Congress, which has been out of power in the state for more than two decades. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has derided his temple visits, saying at one of the temples, the Congress leader was told off for “sitting as if he’s doing Namaaz”.
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