The controversy surrounding Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s religion continues to get bigger. Shortly, after the Congress scion signed the visitors' register at the Somnath Temple as a 'Non-Hindu', Republic TV has accessed a New York Times article dated Feb 27, 1998, which corroborates the fact, i.e. that Rahul Gandhi is not a Hindu. The Congress vice-president, who would have been 27 then, has not challenged the article till date. The article states that both Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi-Vadra were raised in their month’s faith, i.e., Roman Catholics.
The article titled, “Sonia Gandhi, the 'Foreigner,' Startles the Political Pundits” reads, “Initially the Hindu nationalists seemed perplexed by Mrs. Gandhi's role, paying her scant attention. Then, as the polls showed the Congress Party's support picking up, men like Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Lal Krishna Advani, who would lead a Hindu nationalist Government, became increasingly shrill, warning of the dangers of a ''Rome Raj.'' Few doubted that this was code for Mrs. Gandhi's Roman Catholicism, a faith in which her son, Rahul, 27, and her daughter, Priyanka, 26, were also raised.”
Earlier in the day, the BJP’s Amit Malviya had launched a scathing attack on Rahul Gandhi after the latter signed the register maintained for “non-Hindus at Somnath temple in Gujarat along with party co-worker Ahmed Patel. Taking to Twitter, Malviya questioned, “On an earlier occasion Birendra, the then king of Nepal, had shot down Sonia Gandhi’s request to enter the Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu because non-Hindus are not allowed. If the Gandhis are not Hindus then why hoodwink the nation? Just for votes?”