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
BAD WEATHER DELAYS
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.