Rahul Gandhi to visit Kailash Mansarovar after Karnataka polls

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Apr 30, 2018, 08.16 AM(IST)

File photo of Congress President Rahul Gandhi. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday said that he intends to go on a pilgrimage to Kailash Mansarovar in Tibet after the Karnataka elections. 

The Gandhi's pilgrimage announcement comes days after a mid-air scare while flying to poll-bound Karnataka.

He recalled that while on board a plane bound for Karnataka, the aircraft nosedived and the thought of visiting the abode of Lord Shiva flashed through his mind.

"I want to take your (workers`) permission. Two-three days back, we were going to Karnataka. Suddenly, our aircraft took a nosedive -- it went down about 8,000 feet. 

"I was in the aircraft... I thought it was the end. Then, a second thought came to my mind -- I want to visit Kailash.

"I want to go to Kailash Mansarovar. So, I would seek 10-15 days of leave from you after the Karnataka elections so that I can go there and come back," he added.

The Congress had complained to the Karnataka Police on Thursday that the aircraft carrying Rahul Gandhi from Delhi to Hubli earlier in the day suffered "unexplained technical snags" mid-air.