On fifth day of his ongoing ‘Kisan Yatra’ in Uttar Pradesh, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi today visited Ayodhya and offered prayers at the famous Hanuman Garhi temple.
In the process, Rahul became the first member of Nehru-Gandhi family to visit Ayodhya after the demolition of the disputed Ram janmaboomi-Babri Masjid structure in 1992.
After Hanuman Garhi temple, Rahul is also scheduled to visit Kichaucha Sharif Dargah in neighbouring Ambedkar Nagar district today itself.
Hanuman Garhi temple is just over a kilometre from the disputed Ram temple-Babri Masjid structure.
Interestingly, Rahul Gandhi’s father Rajiv was also scheduled to visit Hanuman Garhi temple way back in 1990 during his ‘Sadbhavna Yatra’.
However, he could not manage to visit the temple owing to his tight schedule although he did visit Ayodhya that time.
Before Rajiv Gandhi in 1990, Indira Gandhi had visited Ayodhya once in the 1960s to inaugurate a development project along the Saryu river.