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Meal remark: Raj Babbar, Farooq Abdullah express regret

Last Updated: Saturday, July 27, 2013 - 00:22

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: While it`s still not clear where a meal can be found for Rs 12 in Mumbai, yesteryears` actor and Congress leader has surely eaten his words.

Raj Babbar on Friday apologised for his remarks about `Rs 12 meal` that caused national outrage.

Expressing regret, Raj Babbar said he was only referring to below poverty line (BPL) families.

The Congress had earlier distanced itself from such remarks, with spokesperson Ajay Maken saying the remarks by party leaders about Rs 5 or Rs 12 meal were their `personal opinion` and not of the party.

Raj Babbar had on Wednesday said that it was possible to have "full meal at Rs 12 in Mumbai" even today, a remark that drew sharp reaction from BJP, which dubbed it "laughable".

"People should have full meals two times a day. How one can have it is a very good question that you have asked. Even today in Mumbai city, I can have a full meal at Rs 12. No no not bada paav. So much of rice, daal saambhar and with that some vegetables are also mixed," he told reporters.

Yesterday, Congress leader Rasheed Masood had said that Rs 5 is sufficient for having a hearty meal in Delhi.

And today, Union Minister of New & Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah, of the National Conference, justified the Planning Commission`s definition of poverty saying one can have a full meal for Re 1, if desired.

First Published: Friday, July 26, 2013 - 13:51

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