A tweet containing a photo of Congress president Rahul Gandhi with another pilgrim triggered a controversy with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday questioning the authenticity of Rahul Gandhi’s Kailash Mansarovar yatra.

In response the grand old party posted pictures showing Rahul Gandhi with Mount Kailash in the backdrop and a screenshot from an app showing the miles he walked.

BJP leader and Union Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Giriraj Singh questioned the authenticity of a photograph from Gandhi’s yatra.

“This is photoshop… the shadow of the stick is missing,” he said in a tweet, attaching Gandhi’s picture wherein he is seen standing with a fellow pilgrim with a stick in hand.


Priti Gandhi, incharge of BJP Mahila Morcha social media cell, had on Wednesday also raised questions over a photograph.

“Rahul Gandhi, are you downloading pictures from the Internet and tweeting? Are you really at Mansarovar, or someplace else?” she said while referring to a picture shared by Gandhi on the social media.


With a photo of their president posing against the Mount Kailash, the Congress said on its official Twitter handle, “Leaving all the haters behind, Congress President Gandhi sets the pace during his Kailash Yatra. Can you keep up?”


According to the record details of the app called ‘Fitbit’, the 48-year-old Gandhi had covered a distance of 34.31 km in 463 minutes and ascended a height equal to 203 floors in a day. According to the app, Gandhi had burned 4,466 calories.

Earlier today, Gandhi also posted a short video of the Mount Kailash captioning it as “Shiva is the Universe”.


Gandhi had left Delhi on 31 August and has been tweeting pictures and videos from his yatra. On Wednesday, he had tweeted the “stunning beauty” of Lake Rakshas Tal and on Tuesday a picture of the Mansarovar lake. He had said it was “so humbling to be walking in the shadow of this giant” (Mount Kailash).


In his tweets, Gandhi has been referring to the tranquillity and calmness of places along the journey.

(With inputs from agencies.)