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Updated: July 24, 2013 04:18 IST

Congress activists shut down hotel for criticising UPA policy

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A satirical line on bills given to customers by a Mumbai restaurant, criticising the government policy to charge extra taxes on AC restaurants, didn’t go down too well with the activists of Youth Congress. Photo: Special Arrangement
A satirical line on bills given to customers by a Mumbai restaurant, criticising the government policy to charge extra taxes on AC restaurants, didn’t go down too well with the activists of Youth Congress. Photo: Special Arrangement

It is our right to protest if someone is unjustly defaming our government and party: Maharashtra Youth Congress

A line of criticism over the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government is apparently enough to shut down a restaurant for over three hours. Srinivas Shetty, the owner of ‘Aditi Veg’ in Mumbai, learned it in a hard way on Monday evening.

“As per UPA govt., eating money [2G, Coal, CWG scam] is a necessity & eating food in AC restaurant is a luxury,” was the last line on bills given to customers by the restaurant. This satirical line, criticising the government policy to charge extra taxes on air-conditioned restaurants, didn’t go down too well with the activists of Youth Congress.

Following the agitation by Congress activists on Monday, the restaurant was forced to remain closed for three hours. The activists allowed opening it only after Mr. Shetty apologised and erased the last line from bills.

Despite his expressing regret, Congress activists lodged a defamation complaint against the owner at the Bhoiwada Police station.

Intolerance: Modi

The matter was intensified even further after the BJP leader Narendra Modi tweeted about the incident. “Height of Intolerance!” he said on his Twitter handle, about the incident.

“We did not close the restaurant forcefully. We had staged a demonstration outside and police were informed about it in advance. It is our right to protest if someone is unjustly defaming our government and party,” Vishwajit Kadam, president, Maharashtra Youth Congress, told The Hindu.

He said that Mr. Modi should concentrate on his State and the deplorable condition of free speech there, instead of tweeting about matters that he had no knowledge of.

An officer from Bhoiwada police station said that the matter had been put to rest. “We have registered a complaint against him which was filed by Congress workers. The owner has agreed not to print the controversial line,” he said. Despite several attempts, Mr. Shetty was not available for comment.

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Mr Vishwajeet Kadam doesnt he (The owner of the hotel) have the right of freedom of speeech?

from:  Sandip
Posted on: Jul 24, 2013 at 06:17 IST

If a public say the truth this will happen..truthful is pain for all..so they acted..our people are fools to support the politicians madly..thats why still we are developing..not a developed nation.

from:  GaneshRam
Posted on: Jul 24, 2013 at 03:04 IST

The campaign message in the Hotel bill says exactly what crores of Indians want to tell to each other and discuss continuously, and get high political alertness. Using every way and all means to create political awareness about the conditions of the country, after hundreds of scams, is paramount important at this juncture the hotel owner's unique idea to convey his political message to his fellow citizens about the current Era of Scams under the UPA under the leadership of the Congress Party reminds us of the Sadhus , during the 1857 Sepoy Mutiny, who spread the message of rebels to the ordinary people by hiding piece of information inside roti and lotus flowers. Perhaps, the political instability with uncertain future, and corruptions and antipeople liberalisation policies embolden citizens to think in such a creative way, like the Hotel Owner's. Dear Hotel Owner , thanks for sending us this political message!

from:  A. Kannan
Posted on: Jul 24, 2013 at 02:16 IST

"The owner might have his issues but he should fight them in a legal way". Is shutting down the business by youth congress a legal act? Why do they preach it to others when they have not followed it. Protesting outside the restaurant and asking the owner not to circulate such bill would be acceptable. Over stepping and forcing to shut down is illegal. If it has been ignored it would have not reached many people. Now it has made to the press and media thus reaching many people across the country.

from:  Sreenivasa Prasanna
Posted on: Jul 23, 2013 at 15:55 IST

Who is defamed here? Is UPA an entity which has a cause of action? Has Congress presumed that the reference to 2G scam etc refers to the Congress party? or any particular member of the party? The Police in Maharashtra seem to be completely overturning the legal concept of "Defamation" into whatever is not liked by some political interests.

from:  V.Shankar
Posted on: Jul 23, 2013 at 12:53 IST

Begining of Fascism?

from:  Sriram
Posted on: Jul 23, 2013 at 11:15 IST
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