No hatred here: Rahul tweets from Kailash Mansarovar

No hatred here: Rahul tweets from Kailash Mansarovar

Rahul Gandhi. Reuters file photo

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday posted pictures from the “tranquil and calm” environs of Kailash Mansarovar with remarks that rang a bell about Prime Minister Narendra Modi's pre-Lok Sabha poll visit to Varanasi.

“A man goes to Kailash when it calls him,” Rahul said on Twitter in his first remarks since he embarked on the holy pilgrimage on Friday.


The remark was quite similar to the one made by Modi while filing his nomination papers for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. “Neither have I come here nor have I been sent here. It is Mother Ganga who has called me here,” Modi had said in April 2014 upon reaching Varanasi.

Rahul, who reached Mansarovar on Tuesday, described the tranquil surroundings and absence of hatred at the pilgrimage site – the latter seen as a clear dig at Modi.

“The waters of lake Mansarovar are so gentle, tranquil and calm. They give everything and lose nothing. Anyone can drink from them. There is no hatred here. This is why we worship these waters in India,” the Congress President said and posted pictures of Mansarovar with Mount Kailash in the background.

“A man goes to Kailash when it calls him. I am so happy to have this opportunity and to be able to share what I see on this beautiful journey with all of you,” Rahul said.

Rahul had posted verses from the Upanishads as he embarked on the pilgrimage he had vowed to undertake after experiencing a near-death situation during a flight to Hubbali for campaigning in the Karnataka assembly elections.

On April 26, the plane carrying Gandhi and some others from Delhi to Hubballi airport in Karnataka developed a technical problem and tilted heavily on the left side. The plane dipped steeply with violent shuddering, but soon recovered and landed safely.

Three days later, Rahul expressed his resolve to undertake the Kailash Mansarovar pilgrimage.