MEA says it hasn't received any 'formal request' for Rahul Gandhi's visit to Kailash Mansarovar

New Delhi: The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday said it has not received any "formal request" for Congress president Rahul Gandhi's visit to Kailash Mansarovar in China's Tibetan region.

File image of Congress president Rahul Gandhi. PTI

File image of Congress president Rahul Gandhi. PTI

"We have not received any formal request for his visit to the Tibetan Autonomous region in China," MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.

Last week, the Congress had said that Gandhi was yet to receive a response from the government to his request to undertake the Kailash Manasoravar Yatra.

Addressing a rally in New Delhi on 29 April, Gandhi had announced that he would go on a pilgrimage to Kailash Mansarovar after the 12 May Assembly polls in Karnataka.

He had made the announcement three days after an aircraft in which he was travelling from Delhi to Karnataka developed technical snag.

Kumar said Gandhi can visit Kailash Mansarovar either through the MEA-organised route or through a private route.

He said the MEA has not received any communication for the second option as well.

Known for its religious values and cultural significance, Kailash Manasarovar Yatra, organised by the Ministry of External Affairs, is undertaken by hundreds of people every year.


Updated Date: Jun 28, 2018 21:27 PM

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