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'Aaj sirf ek vyakti mandir mein ja sakta hain': Rahul's dig at PM Modi after entry denied at Assam temple

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was denied entry at the Batadrava shrine in Assam amid Pran Pratishtha ceremony in Ayodhya. He took a veiled dig at the Prime Minister and questioned the public if he had committed a crime in visiting the temple.

Hritika Mitra Edited By: Hritika Mitra @MitraHritika Dispur Updated on: January 22, 2024 17:14 IST
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi speaks with the media during
Image Source : PTI Congress leader Rahul Gandhi speaks with the media during the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra at Haibaragaon in Nagaon district, Assam.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was denied entry to Assam's renowned Batadrava Than, following which he took a veiled jibe at PM Modi saying, "Aaj sirf ek vyakti mandir mein ja sakta hain." (Just one person can go to the temple today). Gandhi's attack came amid the 'Pran Pratishta' ceremony at Ayodhya Ram Temple.

"We want to visit the temple (Batadrava Than). What crime have I committed that I cannot visit the temple?" Rahul Gandhi said. The Batadrava Than is the birthplace of revered Vaishnavite saint Srimanta Sankardeva in Assam. 

The Congress leader's Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra is currently on its Assam leg. The management committee of the Batradava Than had on Sunday said that Rahul Gandhi will be permitted to enter Batradava after the Ayodhya Ram Mandir's 'Pran Pratistha' ceremony.

"Tomorrow is the Pran Pratishtha of Ram Temple and many devotees will come to the Than. Apart from this, many programmes have been organised outside the Than premises where thousands of devotees will gather. For that reason, Rahul Gandhi's visit programme will be after 3 pm and it has been decided in the meeting," Than Management Committee stated. 

Congress General Secretary in-charge Communications, Jairam Ramesh said that the only objective was to stop Rahul Gandhi from visiting the religious place."Rahul was permitted to go to Batradava Than. This is a historical place. It is the birthplace of great religious person Shankar Dev Ji. Gaurav Gogoi, who is an MP from here, was also given permission. Suddenly we are told that we cannot go... This is pressure from Assam government. Its only objective is to stop Rahul ji from going to this religious place. This cannot be a greater injustice," Jairam Ramesh said. 

"We said that we would come there at 7 am on January 22. We were told that we would be welcome. But yesterday, we were suddenly told that we couldn't come there until 3 p.m. We will try to go there but going there after 3 pm is very difficult as we would have to cover an additional distance," the Congress leader said. Amid a war of words with the Assam Chief Minister over 'Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra', Congress leaders including Rahul Gandhi, Jairam Ramesh, Gaurav Gogoi and KC Venugopal were stopped from going to Batadrava Than, a religious place in Satra village on Monday.

Yesterday, Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma appealed to Rahul Gandhi to visit Bordowa Than after the completion of the Pran Pratishtha programme at Ram Mandir, going to be held today. "I want to appeal to Rahul Gandhi to visit Batadrava Than after the completion of the Pran Pratishtha ceremony at Ram Temple," he said. Congress MP from Assam, Gaurav Gogoi asserted that the action of the state government will not reduce devotion of Rahul Gandhi nor it will impact the power of the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra.

"It is a matter of great misfortune for Assam that right from the first day of the yatra, Rahul ji has been repeatedly expressing his devotion towards Shankar Dev ji and he has been stopped today. The present BJP government is stopping us from our devotion. This will not reduce Rahul ji's devotion and the power of Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra will also remain complete. Ever since Assam CM has said that Rahul Gandhi can go to the Bordowa Than only after 3 pm, the attitude of the administration has changed," Gogoi said. 

(With inputs from ANI)

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