Congress chief Rahul Gandhi will be performing a puja at 'Mahakaleshwar temple' in Ujjain on October 29 before hitting the hustings in the BJP-dominated Malwa-Nimar region. In poll-bound Madhya Pradesh, where elections are scheduled to be held on November 28, the Congress has been struggling to oust the ruling BJP from power for the last 15 years.
Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi will begin his tour of the Malwa-Nimar region after worshipping the famous Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva in Ujjain on October 29, a party leader said on Wednesday. The Congress chief would also be holding a roadshow in Indore on the same day.
"Rahul Gandhi will begin his visit to the Malwa-Nimar region after offering prayers at the Mahakaleshwar temple in Ujjain. He would address a public meeting in Ujjain after worshipping (the Jyotirlinga)," said Madhya Pradesh Congress Secretary Sanjay Kapoor.
"On October 30, Gandhi will visit B R Ambedkar's birthplace Mhow, about 23 kms from Indore, and pay his tribute at the memorial of the Dalit icon. Gandhi would address a public meeting there", he added.
According to sources in the Congress, Rahul is likely to visit Janapav near Mhow, which is the birthplace of Lord Parshuram. He will also address a public meeting in tribal-dominated Khargone and Jhabua districts.
Malwa-Nimar region is spread across Indore and Ujjain divisions of western Madhya Pradesh. The BJP had nearly swept the region in the assembly elections held in 2013 by winning 56 out of total 66 seats while the Congress was restricted to 9 seats.
The BJP has been ridiculing Rahul for his visit to temples in states where elections are scheduled, by dubbing them as a "Temple Run"--an allusion to a popular running video game. The Congress had proclaimed Gandhi as a "Shiv-bhakt" ahead of the assembly elections held in Gujarat last year. Gandhi began canvassing in Madhya Pradesh last month by offering prayers at the famous Kamta Nath temple in Satna district's Chitrakoot town.
(With inputs from PTI)