Rahul Gandhi’s public blips have been laughed, trolled and framed as internet’s epic moments, but as Gujarat elections near, they are now being turned into controversies. When the Congress vice president visited Somnath Temple on Wednesday, rumours made rounds that his name had been signed in the non-Hindu visitor’s book. While Congress denied the claim officially on their Twitter handle, Twitteratis had already taken wind and made #SomnathTemple a trending topic.
The alleged goof up is being pinned on the party’s media coordinator Manoj Tyagi who added the Congress vice president’s name in the non-Hindu register while listing Ahmed Patel, a member of Gandhi’s entourage. The Congress allege, the image of the registry in question is fabricated. The image which went viral on social media, remains unverified. Congress later shared an image of a visitor’s registry book, saying there is only one registry book in Somnath Temple.
Clarification: There is only one visitor's book at Somnath Temple that was signed by Congress VP Rahul Gandhi. Any other image being circulated is fabricated.
Desperate times call for desperate measures? pic.twitter.com/KOokFOH83z— Congress (@INCIndia) November 29, 2017
Here is the original signature of Rahul Gandhi at Somnath Temple.Very clearly. The other signature is written as 'Rahul Gandhi ji', why would he write ji? Don't know who wrote it. BJP doing what it does best, diverting from real issues: Deependra Hooda,Congress pic.twitter.com/CeRqJnlA6A
— ANI (@ANI) November 29, 2017
— Congress (@INCIndia) November 29, 2017
Democracy practiced on Twitter has proven itself to be religiously sensitive from time to time and has proved its mettle yet again. One section of the micro-blogging site showed outrage over Gandhi’s sycophancy towards Hindu voters by being a non-practicing Hindu, calling the episode as Gandhi finally outing his religious beliefs. Others called it BJP’s desperate attempts to blasphemies the leader over menial issues.The issue however, has great potential to dent Gandhi’s shot at the Prime Minister’s seat. A similar scenario was painted for 2004’s general election when Manmohan Singh became the Prime Minister even when politics around her Italian origins made it impossible for Sonia Gandhi to lead the country. The furor made her back track from contesting for the seat even though she was constitutionally eligible to be PM. No wonder the Congress is taking the 'Non-hindu Register' seriously.