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Is the unfortunate incident at Delhi's Maharashtra Sadan being given religious color?
A group of 11 Shiv Sena MPs from Maharshtra are under fire for allegedly forcing a Muslim employee to eat Chapati at Delhi's Maharshtra Sadan while he was observing fasts in the holy month of Ramzan. However, the MPs have claimed that they were just asking the employee, who was IRCTC's canteen manager at the Sadan to check the quality of the food offered to them.
The matter was also raised in both the houses of the Parliament today and the Congress demanded clarification on the alleged incident. The Congress MPs also walked out of the Parliament saying that they had not been given opportunity to speak.

In a video footage released by a Marathi news channel it was seen that a Shiv Sena MP from Maharshtra's Thane, Rajan Vichare was forcing pieces of Chapati into the mouth of IRCTC's canteen manager, identified as Arshad Zubair. Notably IRCTC manages the canteen facility at the Maharshtra Sadan. The incident occurred on July 17 and the IRCTC also made a written complaint to the Maharashtra Sadan's Resident Commissioner.

The Commissioner Bipin Mallick has apologised to the IRCTC and the canteen manager Arshad for the misbehaviour of Shiv Sena MPs.

Meanwhile, Shiv Sena has claimed that the entire issue is being given religious color just to hide the mismanagement at the Sadan. The Sena chief Udhav Thackrey while refuting all the allegations against his party MPs said that his party respects the holy month of Ramzan and all the religions. He said that there were so many irregularities at the Maharashtra Sadan and when his party members tried to highlight those issues, the entire episode had been given a religious color.

The particular MP in question Rajan Vichare has also apologized while saying that he regret if his actions have hurt someone's religious sentiments.

After scrutiny of the entire issue and seeing the video footage, a question is being asked whether the unfortunate incident that happened at the Maharashtra Sadan was being given a religious color?

Senior BJP leader Lalji Tondan who found the protest of Shiv Sena MPs fair enough thinks so. While speaking to merinews.com, he said, "This incident is molding in a wrong way and I condemn it. If those MPs had protested against the irresponsible behavior of the staff and complaint against the facilities which was provides by the Sadan I think there was nothing wrong in it. One shouldn't give it religious color and if someone is doing this then he needs to be punished."

Sudhanshu Mittal, a BJP spokesperson, echoed some similar sentiments as of Lalji Tandon and criticised those who are misinterpreting the entire situation in a wrong way, "It is very easy to misinterpret thing. And a same thing happened here, things have been carved in religious shape but the truth has not been revealed out. There was nothing wrong in protesting against the unhygienic food. Just to hide the reality the whole controversy had been created."

Congress spokesperson Meem Afzal too appeared to be giving benefit of doubt to the Shiv Sena MPs while saying that though the conduct of the MPs was bad but it might be the mismanagement on the part of Sadan's employees which irked them.

Meem Afzal said, "Might be they didn't like the food, and an unconcerned attitude toward hygiene of food led to such mishap to occur. I think they were trying to make the supervisor to taste the food and analyse its hygiene level. However the way was very wrong and it is very sad."

Meanwhile the senior Congress leader Rashid Alvi condemned the behaviour of Shiv Sena MPs and stated, "It is obviously a criminal offense and strict action should be taken against them. And a person with such mentality is not even qualified to become a member of parliament."

National President of Jamiat Ulama-I-Hind Arshad Madani said that it was a wrong way to make someone realize his mistake. He said, "Though I am not aware about the whole issue but if such thing has happened then I condemn it. It is not the way to express your anger."

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