Congress Vice President Shri Rahul Gandhi pays obeisance at Golden Temple as ‘common devotee’

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Congress Vice President Shri Rahul Gandhi pays obeisance at Golden Temple as ‘common devotee’

Amritsar: Congress Vice President landed at Sri Guru Ram Das Ji International Airport at 4 PM on 10th June, 2017, from where he directly reached to the holiest Sikh shrine. He did not indulge in any political activity nor did he interacted with the media.

Congress Vice-President Shri Rahul Gandhi took everybody by surprise as he reached Amritsar on 10th June afternoon and paid obeisance at the Golden Temple and Akal Takht as a “common devotee”. It was just an hour-long visit after which he left for the airport.

The visit of Shri Rahul Gandhi is coincided with the Parkash Parv of Guru Hargobind. Congress Vice President planned the trip suddenly, after which local party leaders were informed.

However, Congress MP from Amritsar Gurjit Singh Aujla and MLA Sunil Dutti, who had also accompanied Gandhi, said the SGPC should have given a ‘Siropa’ (rob of honour) to the Congress vice president.

STANDS IN the QUEUE, SITS WITH ‘SANGAT’

Forgoing VIP entry to the sanctum sanctorum offered by the SGPC employees, Shri Rahul Gandhi opted to stand in the queue with other devotees. He waited for his turn for 25 minutes amid scorching heat. After kneeling down before Guru Granth Sahib inside the shrine, he sat along with the ‘sangat’ to listen to the gurbani. He also interacted with other devotees, who took the opportunity to take selfies with him. Shri Rahul Gandhi stayed there for around 15 minutes and also offered ‘prasad’.

After coming out of the shrine, the Congress Vice-President paid obeisance at the Akal Takht, the highest temporal seat of Sikhs. Prior to this, he took water from the sarovar (holy tank) and sprinkled it on his face as per Sikh tenets.

BAD WEATHER DELAYS RETURN

After visiting the Golden Temple, Rahul left for the Amritsar airport, from he took a flight to New Delhi around 6.30pm. However, due to dust storm, the plane was forced to land back at the airport after a few minutes. The plane finally left the city at 8.45pm.

It was the first visit of Congress Vice President to Punjab after the party stormed to power in the state by winning 2017 assembly elections.