In a recent political development, a video showing Rahul Gandhi cooking Champaran mutton with Lalu Prasad Yadav at the latter's New Delhi residence has sparked controversy. The Congress released the video on September 2, showcasing the camaraderie between the two prominent Indian leaders. However, the BJP quickly seized the opportunity to criticize Rahul Gandhi, accusing him of hurting Hindu sentiments by preparing and consuming mutton during the holy month of Sawan when many Hindus observe strict vegetarianism.
The video was recorded in August, during the Sawan period, although it was released after the month had ended. BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra took to Twitter to express his thoughts, stating, "Rahul Gandhi meets Lalu Yadav on August 4th and suddenly, they're MasterChefs cooking mutton. But they conveniently waited for Saawan to end before showing us their ‘culinary skills.’ How's that for timing?"
देवाधिदेव महादेव के परम प्रिय मास सावन में, कांग्रेस पार्टी और उसके इकोसिस्टम द्वारा प्रायोजित तथाकथित ‘शिव भक्त राहुल गांधी’ ने जान बूझकर ‘लाइट, कैमरा और माइक’ के साथ ऐसे कृत्य किया है ताकि हिन्दुओं कि भावनाएं आहत हो। शर्मनाक।— Sambit Patra (@sambitswaraj) September 3, 2023
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This incident has provided the BJP with ammunition to accuse the Indian National Congress leaders of 'hating' Hinduism. It comes on the heels of a controversial statement made by Tamil Nadu minister Udayanidhi Stalin, who likened Sanatan Dharma to diseases like malaria and dengue and called for its eradication.
Furthermore, this controversy follows another recent incident where West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee declined a 'tika' during her welcome at a Mumbai hotel where opposition leaders gathered. The video released by the Congress shows Rahul Gandhi visiting Lalu Prasad Yadav and engaging in discussions over food and politics, with Champaran mutton on their plates. This meeting took place a month ago, on August 4, shortly after Rahul Gandhi's conviction in the Modi surname case was temporarily stayed by the Supreme Court. In the video, Rahul Gandhi also mentioned that he and others, including Lalu Yadav and Misa, participated in cooking the mutton dish.
In a separate development, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin's son, Udayanidhi Stalin, sparked a major political controversy with his comments about Sanatan Dharma. He compared the traditional belief system to harmful diseases, citing historical practices like Sati and child marriages as examples. Udayanidhi Stalin advocated for the destruction of Sanatan Dharma, drawing a sharp response from various quarters.