Congress president Rahul Gandhi today began his two-day tour of poll-bound Madhya Pradesh. He offered prayers at the famous Maa Peetambara Peeth temple complex in Data before he set out for a poll-bound public address.
Early this morning, Mr Gandhi reached Datia district by a helicopter from Gwalior. He then went to the temple complex where he offered prayers to the deity.
Mr Gandhi was accompanied by State Congress President Kamal Nath and party leader Jyotiraditya Scindia. Mr Scindia introduced priests and other members of the temple trust to Mr Gandhi.
The Congress chief is scheduled to address a public meeting in Datia later in the day.
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Pankaj Chaturvedi, the state Congress spokesman, told PTI that many political bigwigs have visited the shrine in the past.
Mr Chaturvedi said, “Indira Gandhi (Rahul Gandhi’s grandmother) visited the shrine in 1979, before polls in 1980 and later after becoming the Prime Minister. Later, Rajiv Gandhi (the Congress chief’s father) also paid a visit to the shaktipeeth after becoming PM in 1984-85”.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje Scindia is the chairperson of the Peetambara Trust that manages the affairs of the shrine.
Elections in Madhya Pradesh are due on 28 November.