Ayodhya (Uttar Pradesh): Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi today became the first of Nehru-Gandhi family member to visit Ayodhya since the demolition of disputed Babri Masjid structure in the year 1992.
Rahul in a bid to woo Hindu voters ahead of Uttar Pradesh state assembly polls in 2017, on Thursday visited Hanuman Garhi which is about a kilometer away from Ram Temple at the disputed Ramjanambhoomi-Babri Masjid site.
Although, the Congress Vice President stayed away from the place of ‘shilanyas’, the foundation stone that had been laid there in 1989 for construction of the Ram Temple.
Before having ‘darshan’ at the Hanuman Garhi Temple, the 46-year-old met Mahant Gyan Das, who is known for his anti-Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) stance.
After his 15-minute closed door meeting, the Mahant said, “Rahul came to seek blessings. If a leader goes to a priest, it is not a big issue.
No member of the Congress’ first family has visited Ayodhya since the demolition of the Babri Masjid 24 years ago, in December 1992.