BJP Asks Rahul Gandhi, "What's Your Gotra," After He Visits Mahakaleshwar Temple

BJP Asks Rahul Gandhi, "What

BJP Asks Rahul Gandhi, "What's Your Gotra," After He Visits Mahakaleshwar Temple 

New Delhi: The BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra has controversially asked the Congress president, Rahul Gandhi, what his gotra was?

The BJP spokesperson's comment comes after the Congress leader Randeep Surjewala's pronouncement post Rahul Gandhi's visit to the Somnath temple in Gujarat that he is a "Janeu-dhari Brahmin". The ruling BJP criticised the comment and Mr Gandhi's temple visit, as soft-Hindutva for votes.

"Rahul Gandhi wears a janeu (sacred thread). We want to ask him - he is going to Ujjain - what kind of 'Janeu Dhari' are you? What is your gotra," questioned Sambit Patra, speaking in Indore in Madhya Pradesh, where both the Congress and the BJP are campaigning intensely for elections to be held on November 28.

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The backlash on twitter was sharp.

"I'd rather he was asked what his agenda is, what his plan for job creation is, what his plan for agriculture is, what his plan to combat inflation is but if all that matters is what his Gotra is then God help us," tweeted former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah.

A "Gotra" is a clan or a descendant from a common male ancestor.

The Congress President had visited the Mahakaleshwar temple in Ujjain to offer prayers on Monday.

Earlier, Mr Gandhi had faced criticism from the BJP over his visit to the Somnath temple during the campaign for the Gujarat election, and said: "Main Shiv ka bhakt hoon, sachaai mein believe karta hoon. BJP jo bhi bole main apni sachaai mein believe karta hu (I am a devotee of Shiv. The BJP may say anything, but I will remain honest.)"

There have been more controversial comments with religious undercurrents, in election season.

The veteran Congress leader Shashi Tharoor's comment on Sunday had the BJP fuming and demanding an apology from Mr Gandhi. Shashi Tharoor had quoted the RSS source of a journalist and said that the leader had described Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a "scorpion on a shiv-ling - you can't swat it away and you cannot hit it with a slipper."


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