Congress leader Rahul Gandhi offered prayers at the Golden Temple in Amritsar today, a day before the start of the Punjab leg of his party’s Bharat Jodo Yatra.
Rahul Gandhi arrived at the Amritsar airport in the afternoon after concluding the Haryana leg of the foot march.
Sporting an orange turban, the former Congress chief paid obeisance at the sanctum sanctorum of the Golden Temple.
By reaching Sri Harmandir Sahib, the faith in human values becomes even deeper. Sat Shri Akal!” he said in a tweet in Hindi.
Rahul Gandhi also posted a few pictures on Twitter, where he is seen taking “parshad” and listening to “gurbani” during his Golden Temple visit.
गुरु के द्वारे, श्री हरमंदिर साहिब पहुंच कर मानवीय मूल्यों में विश्वास और भी गहरा हो जाता है। सत श्री अकाल! 🙏 pic.twitter.com/RBMq0yyjk8— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) January 10, 2023
Mr Gandhi was accompanied by Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh Raja Warring, Leader of Opposition in the Punjab Assembly Partap Singh Bajwa, local MP Gurjit Singh Aujla and other party leaders.
Till Tuesday morning, several Punjab Congress leaders were not aware of Rahul Gandhi’s plan to visit Amritsar.
Congress general secretary in-charge communications Jairam Ramesh had told reporters in Ambala earlier in the day that Rahul Gandhi, who is leading the Bharat Jodo Yatra, will visit the Golden Temple.
The way Sikhs were killed in 1984, the Congress never felt ashamed of it. I hope that during his yatra, he (Rahul Gandhi) will seek an apology from Punjabis for that heinous act,” Punjab BJP chief Ashwani Sharma said.
SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal dubbed Rahul Gandhi’s yatra as a “drama” and slammed the Congress for the 1984 riots.