A controversy had erupted when news reports quoting a waiter at a restaurant, where Rahul Gandhi ate before undertaking the Kailash Mansarovar yatra, as saying that the Congress President had eaten chicken before the pilgrimage.
However, the restaurant in question, Vootoo in Kathmandu, Nepal has put out a statement clarifying that Gandhi ordered pure vegetarian items from its menu.
“There has been plenty of inquiry from the media regarding the food ordered by Rahul Gandhi, President of Indian National Congress during his visit at Vootoo. We would like to clarify that he ordered pure veg items from the menu. Vootoo has not given any statement to any media regarding the food items ordered by him. Thank you,” read the full statement issued by the restaurant on its official Facebook page.
Earlier on August 31, the restaurant and put out a picture of Rahul Gandhi and wrote, “Indian Congress leader Rahul Ghandi on Friday surprised visit @vootoo_foodvoutique for Newari Food.”
After the post, a man, apparently a waiter at Vootoo claimed that the Gandhi scion ordered and ate the Newari Meat Platter and Chicken Kurkure, and even reordered one of these dishes.
The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) in-charge of national information and technology was quick to pounce on the same and wrote in his tweet that the Congress and Rahul Gandhi had made a habit of hurting the religious sentiments of the Hindus in India.
Well, when the restaurant has itself come up with a clarification, busting all the fake news revolving around what Gandhi ate, it is clear that the Congress President ate vegetarian food before undertaking the Kailash Mansarovar yatra.
No, Mr. Malviya, he is not in a habit of hurting the religious sentiments of the Hindus. In fact, he showed his respect towards the same by consuming vegetarian food as he also knows non-vegetarian food is considered a strict no-no for many Hindus, and especially for those on pilgrimage to holy places.