Govt to probe Maharashtra muslim force-feeding incident

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014,15:49 IST By metrovaartha A A A

The Government today called for an  inquiry into the reported Maharashtra Sadan incident in which  a catering section supervisor, belonging to the minority  community, was allegedly forced to break his Ramadan fast by  some Shiv Sena MPs not satisfied with his services.    The issue rocked the Lok Sabha today with members from the Opposition and the Treasury benches indulging in heated exchange  and Ramesh Bidhuri of the BJP making some highly objectionable  comments.    Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu later made Mr Bidhuri apologise for his remarks, and he himself expressed strong  disapproval of his conduct.    The issue had been raised by MI Shahnawaz of the Congress during Zero Hour.    Reading a newspaper report, he said in the shocking incident,  a Muslim employee of the new Maharashtra Sadan in New Delhi was  forced to break his fast by being forced chapatis into his mouth.    As soon as he mentioned the issue, the Shiv Sena MPs from Maharashtra broke into loud protests and were on their feet angrily gesticulating towards Mr Shahnawaz and others amidst cries of  ”shame, shame” from the opposition benches.

Uproar in the Rajya Sabha, adjourned

The Opposition today created uproar in the Rajya Sabha over the incident in Maharashtra Sadan wherein  Shiv Sena MPs allegedly forced a minority community staff to  eat during Ramadan fast.    The issue was raised during Zero Hour by Ali Anwar of the  JD(U).
Strongly condemning the incident, the JD(U) member demanded  the arrest of the MPs.    Immediately thereafter, members of the Congress and other  opposition parties trooped into the Well, demanding the arrest  of the MPs.    The uproar led Deputy Chairman P J Kurien to adjourn the  House for ten minutes till 1219 hrs.    In the incident, 11 Shiv Sena MPs allegedly forced a minority  community catering supervisor to eat during Ramadan fast after a  row over not being served Maharashtrian food at Maharashtra Sadan in New Delhi last week.

extremely shameful incident: Congress

The Congress today termed ‘shameful’  the incident in Maharashtra Sadan in New Delhi in which some  Shiv Sena MPs allegedly forced a staffer from the minority  community to eat during Ramadan fast.    ”The incident at Maharashtra Sadan is extremely shameful.  I have raised the issue in Parliament. This demonstrates  Shiv Sena’s mindset,”senior Congress leader and former  Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath told reporters  outside Parliament.    Condeming the incident, AICC spokesperson Sanjay Jha said,  ”The incident which took place at Maharashtra Sadan involving  BJP’s ally Shiv Sena MPs is a crude, crass and callous face of  Indian  politics.”    Congress leader Milind Deora said, ”The Shiv Sena issue is not just about religious bigotry. It is about taking the law into your own hands. Mob justice by MPs is unpardonable!”    Commenting on the incident, party leader Rashid Alvi said, ”If true, it is my opinion that these MPs are not fit to be in  Parliament.”    The issue today rocked both the Houses of Parliament with the Opposition demanding the arrest of the guilty MPs.