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Rahul Gandhi Halts Speech at the Sound of the Azaan
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A call for prayer at a mosque today made Rahul Gandhi to halt his speech for around five minutes, even as anxious party colleagues looked on fearing that the Congress Vice President might run out of time on the last day of campaigning here.

Gandhi arrived at the Anglo Bengali College Ground of the city around 4.30 PM, barely one and a half hour before the end of campaigning for the penultimate phase of the Lok Sabha elections.

After receiving a warm welcome from party supporters and senior leaders like AICC General Secretary Madhusudan Mistry and candidates for Allahabad, Phulpur and Kaushambi, Nand Gopal Gupta, Mohd Kaif and Mahendra Gautam, respectively, Gandhi began his speech recalling his family's long association with the city dating back to the days of Jawaharlal Nehru.

But then around 5 PM, the loudspeaker of a mosque situated adjacent to the venue of the rally sounded the muezzin's call. On hearing the call, Gandhi stopped his speech, promptly stepped aside and stood with his head bowed deferentially.

After the muezzin ended his call, Gandhi returned in front of the mike to resume his speech and was greeted by a huge round of applause.

During his speech that lasted for nearly 35 minutes, Gandhi spoke in a conversational tone, and shedding his usual gravitas, he regaled the crowds with humorous remarks.

In a further bid to strike a chord with the people, Rahul broke the security cordon to shake hands with supporters before departing.

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May 07, 2014
04:24 PM

Why this should be a news?

Agosuke, Bangalore
May 07, 2014
01:05 PM
>>>Peace and tranquility will descend on India when it becomes an Islamic state. As it has done in Pakistan, Saudi, Afghanistan, Saudi<<<< Please note that I have never mentioned Islamic State, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia. I know that your prejudiced mind will just churn out all these things when we discuss Islam and Muslim. The most important things in a person's life is Peace and Tranquility. The more he gets closer to Allah the more peace he achieves. That is what I mean. No material will help us achieve eternal peace but only our closeness/friendship with our creator.
Jamaluddin Rawther, Chennai
May 07, 2014
11:05 AM


Peace and tranquility will descend on India when it becomes an Islamic state. As it has done in Pakistan, Saudi, Afghanistan, Saudi.

Unlike the fake seculars, this gentleman is at least quite open about his intentions.

Pradip Singh, stafford
May 06, 2014
02:56 PM

>> " Rahul Gandhi Halts Speech at the Sound of the Azaan "

If you scream at the top of your voice on a microphone...a normal person would stop speaking ...and Rahul did exactly that !!

JO MB, Kolkata
May 06, 2014
02:03 PM
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