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Amritsar: Rahul Gandhi Offers Prayers at Golden Temple, Washes Dishes in ‘Sewa’ | WATCH

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Gandhi is likely to attend the ritual of ‘palki sewa’ tomorrow morning. (Images: News18)

Gandhi’s visit comes in the backdrop of an on-going tussle between the Congress’ state unit and the ruling Aam Aadmi Party over party MLA Khaira’s arrest in a 2015 drugs case

Senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday visited Golden Temple in Punjab’s Amritsar to offer his prayers and volunteer service or ‘sewa‘ at the temple.

The former Congress President landed at the airport a 11:15 am and is in the city on a personal visit, said Punjab Congress chief Amrinder Singh Raja Warring.

Taking to the microblogging site X, Warring wrote “Shri @RahulGandhi ji is coming to Amritsar Sahib to pay obeisance at Sachkhand Shri Harmandir Sahib. This is his personal, spiritual visit, let’s respect his privacy. Request all party workers to not be physically present for this visit. You all can show your support in spirit & meet him the next time. Satnaam Shri Waheguru.”

Standing amid a slew of people, Gandhi was also seen — with folded hands — offering his prayers at the sanctum sanctorum of Amritsar’s Golden Temple.

After paying obeisance, he visited the Akal Takht, the highest temporal seat of the Sikhs, and also performed ‘sewa’ (voluntary service) by cleaning water bowls used by devotees. Sitting among several other devotees, Gandhi was seen washing utensils.

Gandhi is expected to spend some more time at the shrine performing sewa. It is also likely, that he will attend the ritual of ‘palki sewa’ on Tuesday morning.

According to an Indian Express report, Congress leader Bhagwantpal Singh Sachar had earlier said that “He will visit the Darbar Sahib to pay his respects. Later, he will participate in volunteer activities such as washing utensils. So far, we only have information about his plans at Darbar Sahib.”

Sachhar added that Gandhi has booked a room at a private hotel near Darbar Sahib, while only one room is booked at the Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) Inn for Rahul Gandhi. Alternative arrangements have been made at the private hotel for Gandhi’s security personnel, Sachhar said.

Gandhi’s visit comes in the backdrop of an on-going tussle between the Congress’ state unit and the ruling Aam Aadmi Party over the arrest of party MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira in a 2015 drug case. Some of the party leaders have also opposed the alliance with AAP for the 2024 general elections.

Rahul Gandhi had previously visited the Golden Temple before kickstarting the Punjab leg of the ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’. He flew down to Amritsar a day prior to pay his obeisance at the temple, following which he returned to Punjab’s Sirhind to begin the footmarch.

(With PTI inputs)



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Lok Sabha Polls Will Be Dynastic Politics & Corruption Versus Development Fight: Nadda

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BJP national president JP Nadda. (PTI/File)

Nadda also chaired the Election Management Committee’s meetings for all the six Lok Sabha constituencies in Mumbai as part of preparations for the LS polls

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president JP Nadda has said the upcoming Lok Sabha elections will be a battle between dynastic politics and corruption on one side and development on the other.

Addressing party workers from Mumbai’s western suburbs during his visit to the metropolis on Wednesday, Nadda said under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership, India is well on its way to become the third largest economy in the world from fifth now.

Attacking anti-BJP opposition parties, he alleged that they were either dynastic or steeped in corruption.

“You have to reach out to voters and seek their support for a fresh mandate (for BJP at the Centre). First-time voters in the last ten years have seen only development and not corruption like previous governments,” Nadda asserted, referring to the decade-long rule of the Modi administration that started in 2014.

He said the Lok Sabha elections, likely to be held in April-May, will be a fight between dynastic politics and corruption on one side and development on the other.

Dynastic politics and corruption will lead to destruction, Nadda said and highlighted the BJP’s development agenda.

Earlier in the day, Nadda met BJP office-bearers from all the 36 assembly constituencies in Mumbai besides party MPs and MLAs from the metropolis.

In his address, Nadda asked BJP leaders from Mumbai to ensure the party ideology reaches the last person in society and urged them to give a befitting reply to opposition attacks on the saffron outfit and its government.

He advised BJP leaders to extensively use social media and seek support of prominent personalities on issues of public interest.

Nadda also chaired the Election Management Committee’s meetings for all the six Lok Sabha constituencies in Mumbai as part of preparations for the national polls.

In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP and its then-ally, the undivided Shiv Sena, won three seats each in Mumbai. In the Maharashtra assembly polls held in October that year, the BJP won 16 of the 36 seats in the city, while 14 were bagged by the Sena.

The state, where the BJP is in power in alliance with the Shiv Sena led by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and the Ajit Pawar-headed NCP, has a 288-member legislative assembly.

(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – PTI)



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BJP to Release Documentary on Alleged Atrocities Against Women in West Bengal’s Sandeshkhali

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Last Updated: February 21, 2024, 23:05 IST

The “exclusive” documentary titled ‘The Sandeshkhali Socker – The Big Reveal’ will be released Thursday morning at 9 am (Image: X/BJP)

This comes amid a raging war of words between the BJP and the TMC over alleged incidents of rape and harassment of women in Sandeshkhali in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district ahead of the Lok Sabha elections

The BJP is set to release a documentary on Sandeshkhali on Thursday with the party intensifying its attack on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee-led TMC government over the alleged incidents of atrocities and sexual assault on women there.

The “exclusive” documentary titled ‘The Sandeshkhali Socker – The Big Reveal’ will be released Thursday morning at 9 am, the BJP said in post on X, asking Banerjee in Bangla, “Didi ke bolo aaro koto ‘Sandeshkhali’ (Tell didi how many more Sandeshkhali like incidents)”.

This comes amid a raging war of words between the BJP and the TMC over alleged incidents of rape and harassment of women in Sandeshkhali in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

The riverine Sandeshkhali area — situated on the borders of the Sunderbans, about 100 kilometres from Kolkata — has been witnessing protests after the local women accused absconding Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Sheikh Shahjahan and his supporters of land grab and sexual assault under coercion.

Interestingly, ‘Didi Ke Bolo’ is a campaign launched by the TMC after the 2019 Lok Sabha polls to provide a platform for the people of West Bengal to directly raise their concerns or lodge complaints with Chief Minister Banerjee.

The TMC’s move was reportedly aimed at countering the BJP in the state.

(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – PTI)



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