"Shiv Sena respects all religions but will not tolerate if anyone tries to flaunt his religious affiliation for intimidation. One should keep his religion in his heart and in his house. But if someone wears it on sleeve and tries to malign Shiv Sena by playing politics over it, we will not tolerate it," an editorial in party mouthpiece 'Saamana' said.
    
The editorial launched a scathing attack on the "poor quality of service being rendered at Maharashtra Sadan by the management".
    
Without naming its MP Rajan Vichare who was seen in a video footage purportedly force-feeding a Muslim caterer at Sadan during the protest, the editorial said, "Was it wrong to question the injustice?. Was it wrong to question the catering contractor on quality of food served there?
    
"What is wrong if the chapati is taken to the mouth of the contractor and he was asked to eat it. It was not written on his face that he was a Muslim. It was just a coincidence. The contractor serves such chapatis that are difficult to break. How is one supposed to eat such food?" it said.
    
The editorial said that basic facilities like clean drinking water, cleanliness and proper canteen management are lacking at Sadan.
    
"Maharashtra Sadan has become a personal fiefdom... This is an insult to the Marathi manoos. Instead of taking note of the voice raised by the Marathi MPs, the Chief Minister and the state Chief Secretary are trying to give communal colour to the incident," it charged.


The editorial also praised BJP MP Kirit Somaiya for "bringing to fore the corrupt practices prevalent in Maharashtra Sadan earlier."
    
Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray had on Wednesday termed the uproar over the incident as an attempt to "silence" his party's voice, saying that despite being a votary of Hindutva, Shiv Sena had no hatred for other religions.
    
"This (uproar over the incident) is an attempt to silence Shiv Sena's voice. We are proponents of Hindutva but we don't have hatred for other religions," Uddhav had told reporters in Aurangabad.
    
Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan had on Wednesday ordered an inquiry into the complaints made by MPs regarding the services at Maharashtra Sadan.



They forced chapatis into my mouth: Catering supervisor
   

The catering supervisor of the IRCTC-managed canteen at New Maharashtra Sadan, has claimed chapatis were forced into his mouth even though they knew his name and his religious sentiments were hurt.
 
In a complaint to the Maharashtra Resident Commissioner,
Arshad Zubair, who was at the receiving end of the Shiv Sena MPs' anger, said chapatis were put into his mouth even though he was wearing his name tag.
 
"I was getting the orders prepared. They caught me and put the chapatis into my mouth. I was wearing a formal uniform as prescribed by IRCTC and everybody in the panel also knew my name as "Arshad as I was wearing the name tag.

"Even then, they pushed chapatis into my mouth, which caused my fast to break on the eve of Ramzan. I was hurt with the thing they have done as religious sentiments were concerned," Arshad said in his complaint.

 

Government to speak Friday on Shiv Sena MP row

The government on Thursday told the Rajya Sabha that it will inform the house on Friday about facts of the incident in which a Shiv Sena MP tried to force food into the mouth of a Maharashtra Sadan Muslim staffer who was observing Ramadan fast.

As soon as the Upper House met on Thursday, Opposition members were on their feet seeking a clarification from government.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was present in the House.

While Chairman Hamid Ansari urged the members to let the question hour proceed, responding to it opposition members asked the government to confirm when would it come out with the details of the incident.

"I do agree it is a very sensitive matter, the chair had instructed to ascertain the facts... We will ascertain the facts and come back by tomorrow (Friday)," said Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu.

Shiv Sena MP Rajan Vichare was seen in a video clip trying to force food into the mouth of the Muslim staffer of Maharashtra Sadan here.

CPI condemns Shiv Sena's statement over Maharashtra Sadan incident

CPI leader Atul Anjan on Thursday condemned the statement issued by Shiv Sena in 'Samna', in which it has warned people to refrain from doing religious politics over Maharashtra Sadan incident.

Calling the entire episode unfortunate, Anjan has asked the government to take stern action against the entire matter as it concerns the self respect of entire mankind and hurts religious sentiments.

BJP calls Maha Sadan incident "unfortunate"; Congress slams Sena

Congress, NCP and Samajwadi Party slammed as "unpardonable" and "uncultured" the alleged act of Shiv Sena MPs forcing a Muslim catering supervisor to break his Ramzan fast, while Sena ally BJP termed the incident at Maharashtra Sadan in New Delhi as "unfortunate".
    
"We are deeply hurt by the unfortunate incident that took place in Maharashtra Sadan. The MPs should ensure they maintain a decent character in public life, which would keep their dignity intact in front of the masses," BJP's national spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said.

Congress leader and former Mumbai MP Milind Deora described the incident as "unpardonable", and said this kind of "vigilante justice" would be on display for the next five years.

   

As a sign of protest against MP Rajan Vichare's act of feeding chapatis to a Muslim, the members of this community organised an Iftar party outside his house in Thane

Congress' ally NCP also reacted strongly, condemning the Sena MPs and demanding their arrest. "Union home minister should ensure that a criminal case is lodged and the guilty are arrested," NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said here.
    
Maharashtra unit of the Samajwadi Party also criticized the incident.

"For the first time I am at a loss of words to comment on their behaviour towards Muslims. These uncultured MPs should be given strict punishment and taught how to conduct themselves in public as they are now elected representatives," SP's Maharashtra President Abu Azmi said.
    
Bala Nandgaonkar of MNS said it was wrong for the Sena MPs to force a Muslim to break his fast. "I am not completely aware of the incident. But if they did force a Muslim to break his fast, it is very wrong. One should make sure that people of all religions are respected," he said.

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