After 26 years, finally a Gandhi in Ayodhya

Faizabad: After a gap of almost 26 years, a member of the Gandhi clan -- Rahul Gandhi -- visited Ayodhya. As part of his ongoing 'Kisan Mahayatra', the Congress Vice-President visited the temple town on Friday and made a brief stopover at Hanumangarhi, a famous temple. He was closeted with the priest of the temple for over five minutes after which he came out and drove off to the circuit house, where he started his road show. Late former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was scheduled to visit the temple in 1990 when he was on his 'Sadbhavna Yatra' to Ayodhya, but the programme was called off at the last moment as he had to fly back to Lucknow and it was getting dark. Emerging out of the meeting, priest Mahant Gyan Das said Rahul had come like any other devotee.  When asked if there was any discussion on the contentious issue of the Ram temple, the priest answered in the negative. Gandhi is slated to go to the Kichaucha Dargah Sharif at Ambedkarnagar in the evening and would meet the farmers in Faizabad at Ramlila grounds in Poorabazaar.