Did Rahul Gandhi eat chicken before Karnataka temple visit? Maybe not
Karnataka BJP chief B S Yedyurappa hit out at Rahul Gandhi yesterday for reportedly eating "Javari chicken" before visiting a temple in Karnataka.
"At one side there is 10 per cent CM Siddaramaiah who took darshan of Dharmasthala Manjunatha after eating fish, on the other side there is Election Hindu @OfficeOfRG (Rahul Gandhi) who took darshan of Narasimha swamy after eating Javari chicken," Yeddyurappa said in a tweet in Kannada.
The issue gained momentum on social media and was seen as a disrespect to the temple.
Turns out, the story might not be true. According to India Today journalist Nagarjun Dwarkanath, a regional reporter who broke the story did not see Rahul Gandhi having the chicken.
The regional reporter told Nagarjun that he saw the SPG carrying food and he asked them what's in it. The SPG responded "chicken and fish". The reporter jumped the gun and decided to run the story without verifying if the food was actually consumed by Rahul Gandhi himself.
Take a look at the conversation between the local reporter and India Today's reporter Nagarjun:
This story of Rahul Gandhi eating chicken and visiting a temple started because of a regional reporter. This is what he told me.Nagarjun Dwarakanath (@nagarjund) February 14, 2018
Regional Reporter : I saw SPG carrying food, asked them whats in it.
SPG: Chicken and fish
RR: good story. RG eats meat before temple visit.
Me to RR : how do you know RG ate meat? Maybe he looked at the food & said no I dont want this. Gimme bread butter.Nagarjun Dwarakanath (@nagarjund) February 14, 2018
RR: Ill run whatever I want. Its up to RG to give clarification
Me (shocked) : hows this journalism. You cant run false news
RR: theres no journalism today
Immediately after this channel ran the story BJP picked it up and accused rahul of eating meat before temple visit.Nagarjun Dwarakanath (@nagarjund) February 14, 2018
Btw, this reporter has received the highest journalism award.
The news spread like wild fire. Print media carried it too. All regional channels carried it too.Nagarjun Dwarakanath (@nagarjund) February 14, 2018
But can one confirm if rahul really did eat meat ? He was always inside a Govt guest house while having food. No one was allowed inside.
Incident completely narrated by the reporter himself. Its his version.Nagarjun Dwarakanath (@nagarjund) February 14, 2018
The account shared on Twitter shows that the reporter did not know whether the chicken and fish that was carried was actually consumed by Rahul Gandhi or not.
Rahul Gandhi is on a temple spree in northern parts of Karnataka for election campaigning. Rahul Gandhi has recently stopped at Kanakagiri in Koppal district and visited the Kanakachala Laxmi-Narasimha temple.