Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s gotra has come to public knowledge. While offering a puja at the Brahma temple in Rajasthan’s Pushkar, the 48-year-old told priests that he was a “Kaul Brahmin” and belonged to the “Dattatreya gotra”.

Gandhi is touring Rajasthan to campaign for the Congress in the Rajasthan Assembly Election 2018.

Priests of the temple reportedly confirmed his family lineage from ancient records. Priests Priests Deenanath Kaul and Rajnath Kaul reportedly confirmed that Gandhi was a Brahmin from Kashmir and there was an entry made at Pushkar around 15 years ago by the family.

Gandhi’s gotra has been a political point which the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been raising ever since the Congress chief embarked on a temple spree ahead of elections in key states. BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra had questioned Gandhi over his claim of wearing a ‘janeu’ (sacred thread worn by Brahmins) and his gotra.

Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi took a dig at Patra on Monday after the revelation of Gandhi’s gotra.

“Sambit, the issue has now become weak. What will you hold press conferences for till 2019? Now applause, bhakts!” she tweeted in Hindi.

 

The Congress chief calls himself a “Shiv bhakt” and has also made a high-profile trip to Kailash Mansarovar a couple of months ago.

At the Brahma temple, the Congress chief prayed for “peace for the world”. His great-grandfather Jawaharlal Nehru, grandmother Indira Gandhi, father Rajiv Gandhi and mother Sonia Gandhi had visited the temple in the past.

Gandhi had also visited Ajmer Sharif dargah on Monday. Accompanied by former chief minister Ashok Gehlot and state unit chief Sachin Pilot, Gandhi offered prayers at the 13th century Sufi shrine.

Rajasthan goes to elections on 7 December in a single-phase polling for the 200-member Assembly. Counting of votes will take place on 11 December.