PM, Rahul's Gujarat temple visits pure votebank politics: Owaisi

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It is taking place within a week of Rahul Gandhi taking over as party chief from his mother Sonia Gandhi.

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) president Asaduddin Owaision Saturday described temple visits by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and then Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi in Gujarat as nothing but unscrupulous votebank politics.

Rahul, who is now on a three-day visit to Gujarat, began by offering prayers at Somnath Temple on Saturday. In October, Mr Gandhi had famously expanded the GST as "Gabbar Singh Tax", likening it to Bollywood blockbuster Sholay's iconic villain Gabbar Singh who "covets people's earnings". "Let us see what you call it".

His attack on the BJP came a day after he accused the ruling dispensation of having its structure and foundation based on lies. When we went to Gujarat and we spoke to the people of Gujarat, they said there is no model.

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Briefing reporters about the first meeting of the party's highest decision-making body chaired by Rahul Gandhi, party spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said that members recalled the struggle party had done in the years it had been out of power including between 1977 and 1980 and between 1999 and 2004.

Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi visited the Somnath temple again on Saturday ahead of a review meeting with newly-elected MLAs and party workers in the wake of Gujarat assembly elections. He began his day by offering prayers at the Somnath temple before heading out to meet party leaders.

He further said that the manner in which Congress campaigned for Gujarat has made the country think that they were not campaigning for elections but were on a temple run.

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