Outrage grows after Express report: In House, BJP squirms as Sena says ‘eat this’

A group of around 11 Sena MPs allegedly forced a Muslim staffer, who was fasting, to eat a chapati.

By: Express News Service Written by Rakesh Sinha | New Delhi | Updated: July 24, 2014 9:12 am
Shiv Sena MP Anant Geete, addressing the Lok Sabha, termed the allegations as baseless. Shiv Sena MP Anant Geete, addressing the Lok Sabha, termed the allegations as baseless.

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Shifting uneasily in their seats, BJP ministers and MPs watched silently as the opposition, waving copies of The Indian Express report on Shiv Sena MPs allegedly forcing a fasting Muslim to eat a chapati, tore into their NDA partner on Wednesday and urged Lok Sabha to condemn the “outrage… cutting at the very roots of secularism”.

The discomfiture in the treasury benches was apparent. A key ally had opened the door, given the small opposition its first chance to push the 330-plus ruling combine to the wall. And for once, members of the Congress, Trinamool Congress, RJD, PDP, AIMIM, NCP and Left, who together number a little over 100, joined hands to ring the government.

The AIADMK, which wanted to press ahead with the issue of the appointment of a controversial Tamil Nadu judge during UPA rule, looked on.

M I Shanavas, Congress MP from Wayanad, raised the matter the moment Zero Hour began — he was not allowed to do it during Question Hour. Calling the Maharashtra Sadan incident “shocking”, he said: “This is cutting at the very roots of secularism. Never in independent India has such a thing happened. The MPs who are to be role models have shown a bad model… that they can do anything.”

When he began reading the complaint of the man who alleged he had been forced to eat, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu turned to the Speaker: “Madam, this should not go on record. Nobody knows the truth. He is trying to sensationalise the issue unnecessarily. Let us not rouse communal passions.”

When Sena leader Anant Geete led his party’s counter-attack and told the opposition not to make “false statements… if you respect the holy month of Ramzan”, one from the BJP ranks decided to take matters in his own hands, causing greater embarrassment to his party.

Making some very objectionable remarks, Ramesh Bidhuri, BJP MP from South Delhi, sprinted towards the well. Shouting gave way to gasps and some members rushed to drag him away from RJD’s Rajesh Ranjan (better known as Pappu Yadav) and AIMIM’s Asaduddin Owaisi who decided to meet him in the well. By then Sena MPs had also moved down the aisle.

In the front row of the treasury benches, discomfiture had morphed into disbelief. Lal Krishna Advani — he later told reporters that the Maharashtra Sadan incident was “wrong” — looked very vexed, Sushma Swaraj very cross, and the others behind thumped their heads. Swaraj turned to Harsh Vardhan who walked up to Bidhuri to tell him to stay put.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had left the House earlier during Question Hour.

In the din, Geete continued: “This is now being raised by the Congress to malign the Narendra Modi government.”
Seventeen minutes into Zero Hour, and no one paying attention to her pleas to return to their seats, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourned the House.

When it re-assembled at 12.30 pm, Venkaiah Naidu said: “I want to tell ruling party members that whatever has to be done will be done by the government or leaders… I do not approve the conduct of one of my members. The member is going to apologise to the House… This is a very sensitive issue. Whether the incident (at Maharashtra Sadan) happened or not, we do not know.”

Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge asked the Speaker to take action against Bidhuri and refer the matter to the ethics committee “so that no member makes such remarks or shows muscle power” in the House.

The Speaker turned to Bidhuri who said “keeping in mind the dignity of the House, I wish to say I did not target any one individual or community. But if the House and members feel otherwise, I regret…”

This led to more protests and Bidhuri rose again. This time he apologised. Not satisfied, the Congress, RJD, Left, NCP, PDP and AIMIM later staged a walkout.

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First Published on: July 23, 2014 12:27 pm
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    Anonymous
    Jul 23, 2014 at 11:52 am
    Hot headed MPS need to be more civil to their staff. the media does not need to communalise the issue. It could have been a staffer of any religion. Stupidity of those hot heads should not be used to make it communal.
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      truth_i_speak
      Jul 24, 2014 at 3:56 am
      I can't express my anger against Indian media for fueling hater for a plain and common aggression shown by MPs. same news paper consumed MUTE PILL when MAHA deputy CM sent Notice to IAS office for not serving sweet which is as danger as loosing job but he was HIndu so he deserves all sort of neglect by media as long as you don't pay these news traders. Indian Express you deserve to die naturally your pority by carrying communal sins on your head. Stupid ...don't care news paper can do any thing to come in limelight!
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        Nicodemus14
        Jul 23, 2014 at 1:30 pm
        For everyone here who thinks reporting this is communal/biased/wrong/blowing it out of proportion, I'd like to know what their take on reporting rape is. And god forbid if it's a loved one, would you want to keep quiet and not have it reported or turned into a big issue just because that might be inciting violence/illating/encouragement or because you know, women are like that only? The issue has nothing to do with religion, its a brazen abuse of power, the certainty of knowing being a ruling MP lets you get away with it. And the guilty should be sent to jail. Because today it is some helpless staffer, tomorrow it could be a woman, a pavement dweller, the travelling public, the taxpayer. The next victim could be you, it could be me.
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          Nicodemus14
          Jul 23, 2014 at 1:22 pm
          There was no beef curry to go with it. I find that offensive. Who eats chapatti without beef?
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            concerned indian muslim
            Jul 24, 2014 at 7:03 am
            I am agitated I am agitated let me shove some beef up your ..
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              Bhagat Singh
              Jul 23, 2014 at 8:16 pm
              The Shiv Sena dogs should be thrashed in public. And the commenters here who think this is a laughing matter, your day will come too, swines.
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                bhavesh somani
                Jul 23, 2014 at 8:38 am
                M not expecting such edited news from this newspaper..this is respected news paper..AIADMK raising issue of judial appointmemt that was done in past..they demanding Dmk Minister name..they are not protesting the roja incident..News should not be biased..
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                  bhavesh somani
                  Jul 23, 2014 at 1:28 pm
                  today india saw who is real news traders..everyone hav seen that video by mi marathi channel. that video clearly seen that manager did not hav name plate on his chest..then why this issue turning toward religious issue..forcing someone is not acceptable..criticise him on that background and not by religious back ground..the clear msg from congress that..they want to divide maharashtrian people on ground of religion..because council election will be held in maharashtra after 2 months..first ruling congress party divide hindu muslim by giving reservation to muslims..and now this issue..
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                    vishnutheja reddy
                    Jul 24, 2014 at 4:27 am
                    Has the Indian express reported Akbaruddin Owaisi's hate speech?
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                      Bikram Thapa
                      Jul 24, 2014 at 6:48 am
                      This shows the goondagiri of our leaders they always think we are up of the poor people of this country. We the common JANTA should teach them a lesson they dont have love with the people of BHARAT only they want power. His act was like a ..........? .Poor people always suffer it is a insult of HUMAN by a animal.
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                        s chadha
                        Jul 24, 2014 at 4:20 am
                        Why and how was this churlish incident filmed ? In the mess was indian express present with cameras and did the MP who were protesting to a kitchen staffer aware of this filming ? At best it was one of those incidents regarding bad food which we see in everyday life How many times in our own life have we not remonstrated with waiters cooks in case of deficiencies by telling them ----kha kar dekho Things must be really bad in the mess if the Mps have to resort to demonstrating to demand food and there appears to be no proper mechanism to hear grievances .The employee says that the mp shpuld have read his name and found out that he is muslim and treated him differently This is a after thought and only to bolster his claim that he was victimised as he was muslim The truth is that there was apparent anger at the MPs behaviour within the kitchen staff , tney banded together to give it a religious color knowing gull well that being a muslim will earn him attention , headlines and put the Mp on back foot The incident happened about 10 days back and after thinking of a strategy to attack the Mp , after this delay of several days , the newspaper was approached , interview set up etc and the communal angle pla up Who is to bkame ? The media which sensationalises a ordinary incident and turns it into something like a well planned attack on muslims The media must be more responsible , instead they in their quest for sensationalism spread stories ----right or wrong --
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                          Chris Hammer
                          Jul 23, 2014 at 11:56 am
                          Convert to Islam, or pay Zajiya or face death vs eating Chappati. OMG which is worst?
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                            Indian
                            Jul 24, 2014 at 5:09 am
                            Oh common! All this for a chapati? What about Muslim raping a 6 yr old during Ramzan, attacking Hindu pilgrims in Kashmir and even burning their tents? If a Muslim is a victim of a chapati it is communalism, but if they Rape Hindu children then religion of peace!!?
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                              ah
                              Jul 23, 2014 at 12:17 pm
                              Muslims wherever you are start organizing ....... don't be stupid like Ostrich ................ if you can not live with dignity it is better to die with dignity ...........................
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                                Girish
                                Jul 23, 2014 at 12:00 pm
                                Indian Express is a newspaper, not a news channel. and you can clearly TV cameras of other media. others didn't dare to highlight this due to fear of saffron wave.what happened was wrong. IE wasn't perpetrating it.if Sena MPs can treat muslims like this on camera, wonder how they will treat them off it.
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                                  Girish
                                  Jul 23, 2014 at 9:07 am
                                  name those 11 MPs. maybe they would like to have themselves forcefed on beef.if the speaker doesn't suspend them, and they don't issue an unconditional apology, it will send out an anti-minority message under modi sarkar.
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                                    Girish Phalke
                                    Jul 24, 2014 at 8:14 am
                                    Media maligned the episode in w different perspective.
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                                      Girish Phalke
                                      Jul 24, 2014 at 6:24 am
                                      You are confused over two isuues. Yes MP's conduct was strongly condemnabke. Yes they abusively used tgeir powers. Yes the way they vented out their anger was disgusting. But thw,way in which the media is showing all this is disgusting too. They are showing like those MP's jave decided that 'oh look its ramzan.lets go outside and find a Muslim. Let forcefeed him and break his fast'.
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                                        Greg Savage
                                        Jul 23, 2014 at 1:07 pm
                                        Hahaha..... Good one.
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                                          Greg Savage
                                          Jul 23, 2014 at 1:06 pm
                                          Well, What's this hullaballoo all about, now? I don't see a similar "outrage" expressed by all and sundry when a 8-year old Hindu Girl was raped by a Muslim school instructor in Bangalore during the "holy month" of Ramzan.
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                                            Iqbal Naiyer
                                            Jul 23, 2014 at 5:45 pm
                                            FYI, convert to Islam is better than eating chapati. now you are happy with my comments bigot Chris,
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