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Season of bans in full bloom: After beef now BJP MLC wants momos banned
Delhiites might consider momos as their favourite anytime snack which is healthy (in its more popular steamed version) as well as mouth wateringly delicious. However, Ramesh Arora, lawyer and BJP legislator from Jammu and Kashmir begs to differ.

According to Sharma, the veggie-stuffed fluffy white ball is the most insidious snack on the planet as it is laced with carcinogenic monosodium glutamate – more popularly known as ajinomoto. He wants the dumpling banned for good.

The legislator has been aggressively campaigning against the popular street food at public rallies for the past five months. In fact, Arora has virtually declared a war against momos as he considers them highly addictive and even more harmful than drugs and alcohol.

Arora, on Wednesday said, "Momos have been found to be the root cause of several life-threatening diseases, including cancer of the intestine."

The succulent Northeastern snack has today become so popular that recently junior minister in the prime minister's office, Jitendra Singh, was clicked gorging on momos at a function.

Arora is not just against momos alone, but is also an avid opposer of ajinomoto – a chemical flavour enhancer which is added to Chinese food.

He said, "Ajinomoto, a kind of salt, causes serious diseases, including cancer. It is responsible for converting a minor headache into migraine."

The BJP lawmaker recently met health minister Bali Bhagat and implored him to impose a ban on momos and Chinese street food. Arora takes pride in the fact that his crusade had led to drop in sales of momos in Jammu by almost 35 per cent.

Although WHO has declared ajinomoto as unsafe in 2004, only 8 our of the 26 countries that extensively use it have placed a ban on its use. Surprisingly, the US Food and Drug Administration considers monosodium glutamate as generally safe.

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