Posters in Gorakhpur show Congress president Rahul Gandhi as ‘Shiv bhakt’

The posters were seen after earlier media reports quoted highly-placed sources as saying that Rahul Gandhi would leave for the Kailash Mansarovar yatra on August 31. However, there hasn’t been any official announcement of the pilgrimage.

lucknow Updated: Aug 31, 2018 12:05 IST
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Congress workers in Gorakhpur put up posters on Thursday describing party president Rahul Gandhi as a devotee of Lord Shiva. (HT Photo )

Congress workers on Thursday put up posters in Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur describing party president Rahul Gandhi as ‘Shiv bhakt’ (a devotee of Lord Shiva).

The Congress chief was also described as “Pt (Pandit) Rahul Gandhi” and a “janeudhari” (one who wears ‘janeu’ or sacred thread).

The posters were seen after earlier media reports quoted highly-placed sources as saying that Rahul Gandhi would embark on a 12-day the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra from August 31. However, there hasn’t been any official announcement of the pilgrimage.

Led by the party’s district general secretary Anwar Hussain, Congress workers marched on the streets with the posters.

“The entire country is happy with Rahulji’s decision to go on a pilgrimage. During his spiritual tour, he will perform ‘sadhna’ and pray for the country. We pray that his wish comes true,” said Hussain.

The poster that has been put up in  Gorakhpur. (HT Photo )

During his Jan Akrosh rally on April 29 in New Delhi, Gandhi had said he was a devotee of Lord Shiva and announced he would go for the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra.

He also narrated the incident when a plane carrying him to Karnataka suddenly came down by 8000 feet making him believe that it was his end. “After the narrow escape, I decided to thank Lord Shiva by visiting the pilgrimage site,” Gandhi had said.

The incident happened during landing of the flight from New Delhi at Hubballi in north Karnataka on April 26.

Mount Kailash is a mountain peak located near Mansarovar lake in the Tibet Autonomous Region of China and is considered the abode of Lord Shiva by Hindus. It also holds religious significance for Jains and Buddhists. The Kailash Mansarovar yatra is undertaken by hundreds of pilgrims every year.

First Published: Aug 31, 2018 11:34 IST