Rahul Gandhi to visit Ayodhya today, a first by Gandhi family member since Babri demolition

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Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, who is undertaking about a month-long 2500-km ‘Kisan Mahayatra’ from Uttar Pradesh’s Deoria to Delhi to highlight the plight of farmers, will visit Ayodhya on Friday.

The Amethi MP’s visit to Ayodhya assumes great significance as he would be the first Nehru-Gandhi family member to visit the since 1992 Babri demolition.

The Gandhi scion will visit Hanuman Garhi temple and will meet Mahant Gyan Das. Notably, Das is a vocal critic of Vishwa Hindu Parshad, which has long advocated for a grand Ram temple to be built in Ayodhya.

However, there is no word on whether Rahul will visit the disputed Ramjanmbhoomi-Babri Masjid site.

Some political analysts are seeing Rahul’s visit as a soft Hindutva agenda to counter the Narendra Modi-powered Bharatiya Janata Party.

Keeping the caste factor in mind, the Congress has announced Sheila Dikhsit, a Brahmin face, as its chief ministerial candidate for the high-voltage Uttar Pradesh Elections 2017.

The Congress vice president will later hold a road show in Faizabad.

Rahul’s every move is being decided by master poll strategist Prashant Kishor, who has been roped by the Congress to bring back its golden days in the Hindi heartland.

The Congress vice president Rahul on Thursday said if his party forms government in UP it will representation from all section of society in the state.

“Though Sheila Dikshit is the chief ministerial candidate of the party in the state, I can assure you that when Congress party distributes tickets for the Assembly polls, people from all religion and castes will find a place”, Rahul said in a “khaat sabha” in Gonda on the third day of his ‘Deoria to Dilli’ yatra.

“We will not form the government of any one caste but that of all the castes ..It will be a government which is that of farmers, labourers and all those who have problems in life, don’t forget this fact”, Gandhi assured.

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