New Delhi: Clearing the air and rubbishing trolls casting aspersions on Rahul Gandhi’s Kailash Mansarovar Yatra, Congress on Friday officially released pictures of its party president’s pilgrimage to the abode of Lord Shiva.
The first set of pictures show Rahul with other yatris at a base camp and one with the snow clad Kailash Parvat in the backdrop.
Rahul, on this 20-day trip via Nepal, is travelling with a group of 20 other pilgrims from Gujarat and two Special Protection Group commandos.
(Congress president Rahul Gandhi seen here with a fellow yatri en route to Kailash Mansarovar yatra)
A picture posted on Twitter this morning shows Rahul posing with one fellow traveller Mihir Patel. Kenon Patel is another yatri who is accompanying Rahul Gandhi.
Sources say Rahul is camping like other yatris at the tents pitched en route to the arduous trek to Mount Kailash.
Interestingly, Congress party also released Rahul’s fitbit record along with the set of first picture which shows him covering 46,433 steps over 463 minutes and burning 4466 calories in a day.
Many on social media, including some BJP ministers, have questioned whether Rahul was on yatra and whether he was sending photo shopped pictures picked up from Google.
In fact, Union minister Giriraj Singh has accused Rahul of sending fake pictures. He said the walking stick has thrown no shadow, thereby it was false. And fake.
(The picture which the BJP says is fake)
The Congress was quick to swing into action to issue a strong rebuttal to those doubting Rahul Gandhi’s travel to Lake Mansarovar.
It’s a calibrated strategy of the Congress to show Rahul as a devout Shiva follower as it tries to make course correction away from the left of the centre position it has acquired in the last two decades.