Rahul Gandhi Walks 14 KM to Vaishno Devi, Says "No Political Comments Here"

Rahul Gandhi on September 9 offered his prayers at the Mata Vishno Devi Temple after reaching the hill shrine on foot from Katra on the first day of his 2-day trip to Jammu

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on September 9 offered his prayers at the Mata Vishno Devi Temple after reaching the hill shrine on foot from Katra on the first day of his 2-day trip to Jammu.

In videos, which are available on social media, the Congress MP was seen walking briskly alongside pilgrims on the 14-KM stretch leading to the shrine, surrounded by security personnel. Congress workers holding up party flags lined the pathway.

"I have come here to offer prayers to the Mata (mother goddess). I don't want to make any political comments here," Rahul Gandhi told reporters who chased him to the shrine. The media was not allowed to take their cameras.

The Congress posted videos in which the Congress MP was seen interacting with pilgrims.

Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee President Ghulam Ahmed Mir told media persons that the Wayanad MP has special faith in the holy temple and he wanted to visit Vishno Devi Temple for the past many years.

“We have been asking Rahul Gandhi for the past three years. He also wanted to come, but the political situation was such that he cannot visit. Now that the situation has slightly improved, he visited Srinagar last month and will visit Jammu on September 9 and September 10. The first thing he will do is that he will pay obeisance to Mata Vaishno Devi,” said Mir.

He further said that while many leaders use choppers and horses to visit the holy temple, Rahul Gandhi has decided that he will walk on foot from Katra to the temple.

From Katra, the former Congress president will go to Jammu by car and attend a small party function. He will also address the party workers on September 10.

This is going Rahul Gandhi’s second visit to Jammu and Kashmir since the abrogation of Article 370. Earlier, he had visited the union territory on August 9 during which he inaugurated the new party office in Srinagar and also visited Kheer Bhawani temple and Hazrat Dargah Sharif.

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