Gujarat Assembly elections : Rahul Gandhi goes Temple hoping to save political career
The pace with which the Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is hopping from one Hindu temple to another as a part of the Gujarat Assembly elections campaign would even leave a die-hard pilgrim tired. But Rahul is hardly exhausted. Every time he visits a temple and bows his head in obeisance in front of a Hindu deity, he smiles from ear to ear for camerapersons. As soon as the priest overlooking the temple smears his forehead with a tilak, Rahul, already flaunting a garland and saffron shawl, looks no less than a RSS worker. It is this metamorphosis of Rahul which is causing tremors in the camp of the BJP. A rough estimate has put the Gandhi scion temple visits close to eleven in poll-bound Gujarat. In all fairness, the right-wing ruling party should have welcomed Rahul's pilgrimage in Gujarat. After all, the man whom the BJP accused of viewing the country wearing a pair of "Italian goggles" has literally turned into a mascot of "soft Hindutva". Most of the observers are reading Rahul's temple visits as an attempt to project the Congress, often accused of engaging in Muslim appeasement, as a pro-Hindu party in a state that is under the rule of the BJP for more than two decades. However, there's more to Rahul's Gujarat temple darshan than meets the eye. Actually, the Gandhi scion is drowning, if he does not make an impact in Gujarat poll by reducing the BJP's vote share and seat numbers in the Assembly, Rahul's elevation to the Congress' top post would be once again delayed. Rahul, truly, needs God's blessings to survive in politics and if that god happens to be a Hindu one, there is nothing wrong in that.