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Have you been to family functions with the only hope of digging into some scrumptious chicken and fish dishes, but ended up with a broken heart after looking at the ‘vegetarian only’ menu? Well, you have found company in Derek O’Brien. The Rajya Sabha MP from West Bengal was in attendance at a farewell dinner hosted by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan for Vice-President Hamid Ansari. He was so dismayed to know the line-up of vegetarian dishes that he took to Twitter to share his ‘agony’ and in the end wrote (probably as a note to himself) – “Will go home & have fish curry.” Yes, we could relate and it seems many on Twitter could as well.
This is O’Brien’s tweet.
Here at farewell dinner hosted by LS Speaker for VP Hamid Ansari.All mantris, Oppn leaders present.Veg only! Will go home & have fish curry
— Derek O’Brien (@quizderek) August 2, 2017
Take a look at some of the reactions his tweet generated.
LOL… can understand the sentiment :D
— Susmita Das Gupta (@SusMee) August 3, 2017
So farewell to both Ansari and Mansahari
— Bihari hippie (@Digital_Mazdoor) August 2, 2017
This “Vegetarian India” campaign should stop! Its seems to be like an unwritten agenda!
— sravan (@1younameme) August 2, 2017
Ha ha. You @quizderek should have taken a little tiffin box along. I’m sure the others would have wanted to partake as well.
— Brown Sahiba (@Rajyasree) August 2, 2017
Nice moment.Have fish curry as much as possible at home & enjoy Dada,bcoz no one knows when d Fish banning ‘Fatoa’ comes to us. ??????…..
— Gautam Mirdha (@GautamMirdha) August 2, 2017
Next time order some Pizzas. Let the govt realize that they can’t impose their eating habits on everyone else.
— Saif Iqbal (@saifiqbal123) August 3, 2017
Slowly and slowly, India is becoming a boring country. No meat, no jokes/light banter, no empathy and the list goes on and on.
— Samir Srivastava (@samirsrivastava) August 2, 2017
While many ’empathised’ with the MP and lend their support to him, others had some suggestions for him to consider probably the next time? “Should have taken a little tiffin box along. I am sure the others would have wanted to partake as well,” “Next time order some Pizzas. Let the govt realize that they cannot impose their eating habits on everyone else,” were some of the responses to his tweet. Clearly, while there were people making light of his tweet, others interpreted this as the government’s imposition of food habits on people and probably an extension of their ban on consumption of beef. Others took the opportunity to come up with funny puns like “So farewell to both Ansari and Mansahari” which also hinted at the imposition of food habits on people of late.