Did Rahul Gandhi eat chicken before Karnataka temple visit? Maybe not

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Did Rahul Gandhi eat chicken before Karnataka temple visit? Maybe not

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.

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:

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.