Hyderabad: A photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi sitting at a dinner table is viral on social media with the claim that he was eating beef. It should be noted that Mr. Modi is a vegetarian.
The post reads, "There is no chole bhature here, there is cow meat, biryani and kebabs." Netizens shared this image and mocked the Prime Minister for his double standard. Click here to view the post.
The claim is false.
NewsMeter performed a reverse image search and found the photo in a news report by NDTV from 2015. The report states that star chef Sanjeev Kapoor had flown to Abu Dhabi to cook a special vegetarian meal for Mr. Modi for a dinner hosted by the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA). Arindam Bagchi, the official spokesperson of the ministry of external affairs, had also tweeted images of the dinner and said that a special vegetarian menu was prepared in honour of the PM.
The same was also reported by Business Insider, India Today, and Indian Express. Sanjeev Kapoor flew to Abu Dhabi to cook a special vegetarian meal for Mr. Modi who is a strict vegetarian. The chef was invited by the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohamed bin Zayed. He also cooked for the Royals present at the dinner.
Sanjeev Kapoor had also tweeted the viral image and shared the menu prepared for the night. There is no beef on the menu.
The claim that the photo shows Mr. Modi eating beef at a dinner party is false. A vegetarian meal was specially made for the PM by Sanjeev Kapoor at the event.