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'Shiv-bhakt' Rahul Gandhi offers prayers at Mahakaleshwar temple in MP's Ujjain

Rahul Gandhi is set to begin a two-day whirlwind tour of the Malwa-Nimar region in MP.

'Shiv-bhakt' Rahul Gandhi offers prayers at Mahakaleshwar temple in MP's Ujjain

INDORE: Congress chief Rahul Gandhi visited the famous Mahakaleshwar temple in Ujjain in the poll-bound Madhya Pradesh on Monday.

The Congress chief also performed a 'puja' at the temple - one of the 12 'jyotirlingas' of Lord Shiva - before embarking on a two-day tour of the BJP-dominated Malwa-Nimar region in the state.

Rahul's scheduled visit to the Mahakal temple comes several months after BJP chief Amit Shah visited the famous 'jyotirlinga' in Ujjain in the poll-bound Madhya Pradesh,  

Shah had visited the abode of Lord Shiva on July 14 this year before flagging off the "Jan Ashirwad Yatra" of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

Rahul has come under the attack from the ruling BJP which has accused him of playing the "soft Hindutva card" to attract the voters in poll-bound states.

During his two-day tour, the Gandhi scion would address rallies in Jhabua, Indore, Dhar, Khargone and Mhow and also take part in a roadshow in Indore.

In Madhya Pradesh, where elections are scheduled to be held on November 28, the Congress has been struggling to oust the ruling Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) from power for the last 15 years.
According to a programme released by Congress, Rahul Gandhi will address public meetings at Ujjain and Jhabua, respectively, after visiting the Mahakal temple.

He is also scheduled to participate in a roadshow to be organised by the Congress in Indore on Monday evening and will address a public meeting at Rajwada.

On Tuesday, the Congress chief will interact with news editors and the business community in two separate programmes at Indore, the commercial capital of Madhya Pradesh. He will later address public meetings at Dhar and Khargone.

On Tuesday evening, the Congress chief would address a public meeting at Mhow after offering tribute at the memorial of Dalit icon B R Ambedkar's birthplace. Mhow, about 23 km from Indore, is the birthplace of Ambedkar.

Gandhi began canvassing in Madhya Pradesh last month by offering prayers at the famous Kamta Nath temple in Satna district's Chitrakoot town.

(With Agency inputs)