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.
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