Pilgrimage is on the cards for Rahul Gandhi after the mid-air scare last week during a bumpy flight while electioneering. The Congress President’s plan to travel to Kailash Mansarovar, after the Karnataka elections, is being seen as political posturing.
He will embark on the fortnight-long trek to the Shiva shrine after Karnataka poll.
“Two-three days ago, we were going to Karnataka in a plane. The plane nosedived, falling 8,000 feet. I thought ‘gaadi gayi’ (it’s over). Then as I thought ‘gaadi gayi’, it came to my mind that I want to visit Kailash Mansarovar. It was in my heart and I thought I will tell you,” said Gandhi speaking at the ‘Jan Aakrosh’ rally. He sought a leave of absence for 10-15 days.
Congress had filed a complaint with authorities in Karnataka implying deliberate tampering behind technical snags in the Delhi-Hubli flight despite good weather. The civil aviation regulator is conducting a probe into the incident.
In the last three years, Gandhi has trekked to the Kedarnath shrine, many temples in Gujarat during state elections in December 2017 and several mutts in Karnataka, especially Lingayat mutts.