New Delhi : Bharatiya Janata Party leader GVL Narasimha Rao on Wednesday likened Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi to the barbaric invader Alauddin Khilji, targeting him over his visits to temples in Gujarat. Rao alleged that Gandhi was "following the same direction" that Khilji and Aurangzeb travelled on.
"Gandhi's visits to temples is a drama and he also is trying to mislead the people by embarking on temple visits, which has become a compulsion for the Congress vice president in view of the elections," the BJP leader said.
"Aurangzeb (a Mughal emperor) had destroyed many temples during his rule. However, when the common people opposed him, he promised to build two-three temples. Alauddin Khalji did the same...And now Rahul Gandhi is going in the same direction," Rao added.
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The leader also hit out at the Congress government in Karnataka for marking Tipu Jayanti and stated that is "dreaming of celebrating Muhammad Ghazni Jayanti in Gujarat."
Tipu Sultan had converted many Hindus to Islam and included them in his army. Is Tipu Sultan the ideal of the Congress? As part of its vote bank politics, the Congress' top priority would be to celebrate the Ghazni jayanti if they are voted to power in Gujarat, which is not possible," Rao said.
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Rahul, who is soon set to take over as the Congress party chief, visited temples in Gujarat while he was in the state for election campaigning. Among the temples which Rahul has visited include Dwarkadhish temple, Swaminarayan temple and Ambaji temple.
Gujarat votes on December 9 and 14 for the Legislative Assembly elections while the results will be out on December 18.