Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: Author Shobhaa De said on Wednesday that the Shiv Sena MP who tried to force feed an employee of IRCTC-managed canteen should be thrown out of Maharashtra Sadan.
She also said that Shiv Sena too should be thrown out. However, De wondered if it would happen.
The author posted on the micro-blogging site Twitter - “The uncouth MP should be thrown out of the Maharashtra Sadan. And the Sena. But will that happen?”
The uncouth MP should be thrown out of the Maharashtra Sadan. And the Sena. But will that happen?
— Shobhaa De (@DeShobhaa) July 23, 2014
A Shiv Sena MP was caught on a video footage apparently force-feeding a fasting Muslim employee in the New Maharashtra Sadan here sparking outrage and a huge uproar in Parliament today amid demands for action against its MPs involved in the incident and calls to avoid giving communal tinge.
As the unsavoury episode escalated into a major controversy, sources in the Sadan, which is the guesthouse of the Maharashtra government, said it was a fall out of a group of Shiv Sena MPs being allegedly upset over the quality of food served there.
Claiming there was no one to take note of their complaint, the MPs then allegedly barged into the canteen and questioned an employee of the caterer observing Roza and who was identified as Arshad Zubair.
Watched by his party colleagues, Rajan Vichare in a fit of rage tried to thrust a roti in the mouth of the employee during the incident that was reported to have happened last week. The shaken employee, who had his name tag on his shirt, appeared to plead to the MP not to do this to him.
Vichare, who initially claimed that he did not do anything as made out after the footage was aired on TV channels, later said he regretted the incident. "I did not know the person`s name, caste or community," he had earlier said in the day, PTI reported.
As anger mounted over his action, Vichare later said, "I came to know that the employee was a Muslim only after seeing TV footage and I regret it". He also claimed that he was only trying to draw the attention fo authorities to poor quality of food served at the Sadan.
Opposition parties seized on the incident that came as an embarrassment for the BJP-led NDA government and said it was an apt case to refer to the Parliament`s Ethics Committee.
The issue was raised in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha by opposition members who demanded action against the Shiv Sena MPs who vociferously denied the reports.
After the uproar by opposition, the two Houses witnessed brief adjournments as agitated members wanted to raise the issue which was staunchly opposed by the Shiv Sena. The Lok Sabha also witnessed a walkout by the Congress, NCP, Left, PDP and AIMIM.
Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray said the uproar over the incident was an attempt to "silence" his party`s voice.
He, however, said despite being a votary of Hindutva, Shiv Sena had no hatred for other religions.
The IRCTC, the Indian Railways subsidiary that was catering for the Sadan, stopped all operations at the Sadan in protest and complained in writing to the Maharashtra Resident Commissioner, saying the employee had been "deeply pained and hurt...As religious sentiments are attached."
With PTI inputs