AICC General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s visit to temples during her poll campaign, following the lines of her brother and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi has been leading to controversies.
A group of lawyers has handed over a letter to the Varanasi District Magistrate that Priyanka should not be allowed to enter the Kashi Vishwanath temple as she was a Christian. The letter sought that Priyanka should be stopped from entering the temple, as she was a Christian and her visit would be in violation of the ancient values of Sanatan Dharma.
The letter, addressed to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, stated that Priyanka’s place of worship was a church, not a temple. Priyanka began her boat ride yesterday from Prayag Raj and the permission for the same reportedly came through late on Sunday only.
With the boat ride, she hopes to interact with communities living by the river. According to the Congress, many of these communities come under the other backward castes or scheduled castes and are critical vote banks.
She is also expected to focus on how successful the Centre’s Ganga clean-up programme has been.
She will end her trip in Varanasi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Lok Sabha constituency, a day before the festival of Holi. Reports said her itinerary in the holy city included visits to Kashi Vishwanath and other temples, interactions with weavers, and also a ‘Holi Milan’ programme.