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Distemper

A new low even for the Shiv Sena

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The MPs were allegedly upset that the state residency was not serving Maharashtrian food
About a week ago, 11 Shiv Sena MPs reportedly force-fed a Muslim catering manager who was fasting for Ramzan. This incident, according to The Indian Express, occurred in Maharashtra Sadan in Delhi; the MPs were allegedly upset that the state residency was not serving Maharashtrian food.

The catering service, which is managed by Indian Railways’ IRCTC, suspended its services in the state residency in protest. And the complainant who was forced to eat a chapatti claims that the Sainiks knew he was a Muslim. After manhandling the catering manager, the MPs are believed to have damaged the resident commissioner’s office and written ‘Jai Maharashtra’ on a wall. To behave in such a manner because Maharashtrian food is not being offered is a new low for the Shiv Sena.

Far from apologising and disciplining his party, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray was quoted by DNA as saying, “There was no intention to hurt religious sentiments… it is an attempt to suppress our voice.”