In his address to the Jan Aakrosh rally held in Delhi today, 48-year-old Mr Gandhi sought 15 days' leave from his audience after the Karnataka election.
Describing his plight during a journey on Thursday, Mr Gandhi said, "Two-three days ago, I was on way to Karnataka when my flight dropped nearly 8000 feet. I thought I was done for. It flashed into my mind that I wanted to visit Kailash Manasarovar... So after the Karnataka elections I seek leave for 10-15 days, so can make that trip."
Mr Gandhi's aircraft, which was on way from Delhi to Karnataka's Hubli, had reportedly developed "multiple faults", pushing his team to ask for an investigation. A complaint filed by Kaushal Vidyarthee, who was accompanying the Congress president, filed a complaint, asking the authorities to find out if there was any "intentional tampering".
The civil aviation regulator DGCA later told news agency ANI that the problem was with the "autopilot mode and the pilot shifted to manual and landed safely."
In the run-up to the Gujarat assembly elections, Mr Gandhi had given a religious status update to explain his visits to various temples of the state, which had riled the BJP. His family, he had said, were devotees of the Lord Shiva, but it was always kept private and not used for political gains.
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