The Hush Post: Congress president Rahul Gandhi will undertake a difficult journey to Mount Kailash Mansarovar in Kathmandu from August 31, according to news reports. He would be unavailable till September 12. He will not take the Nepal route for the pilgrimage but will be reaching via Tibet, according to another news report. A committee of senior leaders of the Congress formed recently called the ‘core group’ will meet today to put alternate arrangements in place during Rahul’s absence.
After returning from Kailash-Mansarovar, he is expected to leave for Madhya Pradesh to launch the Congress campaign for polls in the state due later this year.
Gandhi had publicly expressed his desire to undertake the yatra at Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan on April 29 while addressing the Aakrosh rally. “A few days ago, we were on our way to Karnataka on an aircraft. And the aircraft suddenly came down by 8,000 feet. I thought gaadi gayi [that it was all over]. At that moment, it struck my mind that I have to go to Kailash Mansarovar,” Gandhi had said at the rally.
Rahul Gandhi has been on temple visiting spree in the recent months before Assembly elections in Gujarat and Maharashtra.