Uttar Pradesh minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Suresh Rana has triggered a controversy with a feast at the home of a Dalit family. Instead of sharing a homemade meal cooked by the family, he was caught on camera eating food cooked by a caterer, and the menu was nothing short of a lavish one.
Among the menu were three dishes of paneer, pulao, gulab jamun and bottled mineral water. Here’s the full list of what was on the platter for the minister of Yogi Adityanath Cabinet – palak paneer and two other paneer dishes, pulao, gulab jamun, bottled water, Rajma, Dal tadka, tandoori roti, salad and raita.
Lohagadh(Aligarh): Rajnish Kumar, Dalit man at whose house UP Minister Suresh Rana had dinner yesterday says, 'I didn't even know they are coming for dinner,they came suddenly.All food.water and cutlery they had arranged from outside' pic.twitter.com/TIXMVtV825
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Rajnish Kumar, the owner of the house where the minister enjoyed the feast, said he had no idea about the minister coming to his residence. He said, “I didn't even know they were coming for dinner, they came suddenly. All food, water and cutlery they had arranged from outside.”
Later, villagers confirmed to Zee News that the food was ordered by the minister's team from village halwai beforehand.
Rana reportedly denied the allegations and claimed that the family was aware of his visit. Many other BJP leaders were also filmed eating the restaurant food.
The incident took place in Aligarh's Lohagadh on Monday night after the minister landed up on the doorsteps of a Dalit family for a 'surprise visit'. The visit was in line with patry's Dalit outreach programme initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.