Congressman Rahul Gandhi today visited the Golden Temple in Amritsar in Punjab.
After offering prayers at the Golden Temple, Rahul Gandhi also participated in ‘kar Sewa’. He was seen washing dishes along with other party members and Gurudwara volunteers.
“He will spend the night in the city,” a Congress official said.
“This is his personal spiritual visit, let us respect his privacy. Request all party workers not to be physically present on this visit. You all can express your support in spirit and meet him next time,” said Amarinder Singh Raja Waring, president of the Punjab Congress. posted on X – formerly known as Twitter – earlier today.
Shri @RahulGandhi ji comes to Amritsar Sahib to pay obeisance to Sachkhand Shri Harmandir Sahib. This is his personal, spiritual visit, let’s respect his privacy. Request all party workers not to be physically present during this visit. You can all show your support in spirit and…
— Amarinder Singh Raja Combatant (@RajaBrar_INC) October 2, 2023
Rahul Gandhi’s visit to Amritsar comes amid tension between the Congress and the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) over the arrest of MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira.
Congress MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira was arrested by the Punjab police last week for alleged involvement in drug smuggling and money laundering.
The Congress leader has accused the AAP and Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann of being “thirsty for blood”. “I won’t be surprised if he physically eliminates me too,” he stated.
The AAP government has claimed that “new evidence” – in a 2015 case – led to Mr Khaira’s arrest.
The AAP and the Congress national leadership may be pulling for the INDIA bloc, but Mr Khaira’s arrest has exposed regional rivalries that could make it difficult for the two to work together.