By Arun Pratap Singh
Rudraprayag, 7 Oct: BJP MP from Pilibhit, Varun Gandhi today reached Badrinath and Kedarnath along with his family to have darshan of Lord Badri Vishal and Lord Kedarnath.
At Kedarnath, his cousin and top Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had a brief meeting with him. Varun Gandhi reached Dehradun, last evening, where he was welcomed by several BJP workers at Jolly Grant Airport. He stayed at a local hotel in Dehradun. This morning, he first reached Badrinath and had darshan of Lord Badri Vishal along with his spouse, Yamini, and their children. Later he reached Kedarnath by chopper and obtained darshan of Lord Kedarnath.
During his stay at Kedarnath, he had a brief meeting with his cousin and top Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. This meeting has generated a lot of speculation in political circles as Varun Gandhi has been behaving more like a rebel BJP leader during past two years. There has been speculation about his joining either the Congress or Samajwadi Party, but if Congress sources are to be believed, this is not happening anytime soon.
It may be recalled that Rahul Gandhi was already on a 3-day Kedarnath sojourn, where he not only participated in the Aarti but also hosted a Bhandara for devotees yesterday.
Soon after meeting Varun Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi left for Dehradun en route to Delhi, in a chopper. According to sources close to Rahul Gandhi, his just concluded tour of Uttarakhand was a completely personal one, for which he had asked his party workers to let him spend time in solitude at Kedarnath Dham.
A little later, Varun, too, left for Dehradun from where he was scheduled to fly back to Delhi. Rahul Gandhi’s meeting with Pilibhit BJP MP Varun Gandhi at Kedarnath Dham has created a stir in political circles in Uttar Pradesh. It is not easy to ascertain whether this was a chance meeting between the cousins or it had been planned in advance.