In picture: Congress president Rahul Gandhi. | Picture credit: Twitter/Rahul Gandhi official handle

It was supposed to have been a pitstop for Congress president Rahul Gandhi before a pilgrimage to a holy Hindu shrine embedded deep in the Himalayan mountains.

However, what the leader of India’s largest Opposition party ate at a restaurant called Vootoo in Kathmandu, Nepal, may have put him in a soup.

According to a man who claims to be a waiter from the restaurant, he ordered and ate non-vegetarian food.

More specifically Newari Meat Platter and Chicken Kurkure – something that is considered a strict no-no in many sections of Hinduism.

And this is especially true if it is before a pilgrimage like the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra.

Promotional material from Vootoo shows the restaurant’s Newari Meat Platter. | Picture credit: Facebook/Vootoo official page

The pilgrimage and the food

Rahul – often considered a scion of the first family of Indian politics because of his surname – had said in the past few months he would undertake the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra soon.

That happened earlier this month. However, before undertaking the pilgrimage, he and some others made a stop in Kathmandu.

It was here that they patronised Vootoo, which serves Newari cuisine – food from the Newaris, who are the historical inhabitants from Kathmandu.

The restaurant even posted a photo of Rahul on its Facebook page on August 31. See the post here:

Rahul Gandhi in a soup?

Subsequently, a TV news channel interviewed a man claiming to be a waiter from the restaurant. The waiter claimed Rahul Gandhi not only ordered and ate the Newari Meat Platter and Chicken Kurkure.

BJP leader Amit Malviya then took to Twitter to slam Rahul, claiming that he and the Congress had made a habit of hurting the [religious] sentiments of Indians.

Watch the video here:

The restaurant, however, refuted this claim on Tuesday, September 3, and said it had not put out an official statement.

It said in a Facebook post on its official page: “We would like to clarify that he ordered pure veg items from the menu.”

Read the full Facebook post here:

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