Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi paid tribute on Monday at the mausoleums of Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and Lal Bahadur Shastri, veteran leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. On the other hand, Congress leader Gaurav Pandhi has called Atal ji a spy of the British, after that the controversy has started. The BJP asked Congress to apologise.
Gandhi first paid homage at ‘Veer Bhoomi’, the mausoleum of his father and former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. After this, he visited Indira Gandhi’s ‘Shakti Sthal’, Nehru’s ‘Shanti Van’, Lal Bahadur’s ‘Vijay Ghat’, Mahatma Gandhi’s Rajghat and Vajpayee’s ‘Sadaiv Atal’ to pay homage.
For the first time a member of the Gandhi family or a top leader of the Congress has reached Vajpayee’s samadhi. Vajpayee’s birth anniversary was on 25 December. According to the Congress, earlier Rahul Gandhi had a program to visit the tombs of these leaders on Saturday evening itself, but due to time taken to complete the padyatra on Saturday evening, the program was changed.
After reaching Delhi after covering a distance of about 3,000 kilometers in the ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’, Rahul Gandhi reached the tombs of these prominent leaders and paid tributes. Rahul and several other ‘Bharat Yatris’ had entered Delhi on Saturday while undertaking a padyatra.
The yatra, which started on September 7 from Kanyakumari, has so far passed through nine states – Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana and Delhi. The yatra will move towards Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab and finally Jammu and Kashmir after a break of about eight days.