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    Rahul's temple visit after 'eating chicken' leaves BSY fuming

    By Vikas

    With the Karnataka Assembly elections set to be held this year, the BJP and the Congress leaders are leaving no stone unturned to take pot shots at each other. While Rahul Gandhi is on temple visiting spree, Karnataka BJP chief BS Yedyurappa seems to have taken offence to Congress president doing so after supposedly eating "chicken".

    Karnataka BJP chief BS Yedyurappa

    Taking to Twitter, Yeddyurappa said, "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 Rahul Gandhi who took darshan of Narasimha swamy after eating Javari chicken."

    The Congress chief, who is on a four-day tour of Bellary, Koppal, Raichur, Yadgir, Gulbarga and Bidar districts in north Karnataka, has stopped at several prominent temples over the past three days. Rahul had on Monday visited the Kanakachala Laxmi-Narasimha temple at Kanakagiri in Koppal district.

    BJP leaders have dubbed Rahul's temple visits as "election gimmick" and slammed Congress' "pseudo-Hinduism" approach to garner votes.

    "They are now on temple spree. Now their advertisements are also in saffron. Earlier they were pseudo-secularists, now they are pseudo-Hinduism. People understand which is election gimmick and which is true devotion," Union Minister Prakash Javadekar had said.

    [Rahul Gandhi tastes mirchi 'pakoda' at Kalmala village]

    Rahul, however, defended his visits to temples and religious places, asserting that he would continue them.

    "I like going to temples, wherever I get religious place I go there. I feel good and feel happy, and I will continue (to go)," he told reporters.

    Karnataka Assembly Election dates
    Date of notification April 17
    Last date to file nominations April 24
    Last date to withdraw nominations April 27
    Date of polling May 12
    Date of counting May 15

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