Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who is slated to meet party leaders and workers on Saturday to review his party’s performance in the just-concluded assembly elections, will begin his visit by offering prayers at Somnath Temple.Congress officials said that Gandhi will visit Somnath Temple in Gir Somnath district of Saurashtra at 10:30 am before coming to Ahmedabad for the review.This will be the Congress leader’s second visit to the famous temple, one of the 12 Jyotirlings, in as many months. A huge row had erupted during Gandhi’s visit to Somnath on November 29 after an image with his and senior party leader Ahmed Patel’s names, purportedly from a register meant for non-Hindus, went viral. While the BJP raised questions about his religion and accused Gandhi of fooling people with his temple visits, Congress blamed the ruling party for the fake image. The party also sought to put question marks about Gandhi’s religion to rest, saying he was a ‘janeu-dhari’ Hindu, i.e. a Brahmin.On Saturday, after offering prayers at Somnath, the newly elected Congress president will reach Ahmedabad, where he will meet party leaders from four regions of the state one after the other from 1:15 pm to 5:15 pm.”Rahul ji will also address party workers at GU Convention Hall. He is expected to appreciate the workers’ efforts in the elections, and exhort them to start working for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections,” said a Congress official.Ahead of Gujarat elections, the Congress president spent over 20 days campaigning extensively for his party. The Congress put up a credible performance by winning 77 out of 182 seats, its best performance in the state in the past several elections while restricting the BJP’s tally to 99.
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