However the government dismissed the allegations as "unsubstantiated" and said they need to be verified first lest they raise communal passions.

"We are dealing with a sensitive issue... Don't try to raise communal passions. Nobody knows the truth. Whether the incident has happened or not, we are not sure," Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu said seeking to douse flared passions.

He said the government is in no way connected with the "unsavoury" incident. "We need to enquire...Let us not send wrong signals to the country."

In the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Prakash Javadekar said "It is an unsubstantiated report. We should not take it to the next level. Let it be ascertained. There are sensitivities involved."



While, senior BJP leader L K Advani disapproved of the alleged action of Shiv Sena MPs in forcing a fasting Muslim to eat at Maharashtra Sadan. "This is wrong," he told reporters when asked to comment on the incident which allegedly took place last week.

Raising the issue Congress leaders strongly condemned the alleged incident.  Congress leader Kamal Nath attacked Shiv Sena saying it shows their mindset. "We all know that fast is going on. It is not question about complaining about the food. He was forced to eat when the fast is going on. This demonstrates their mind set...," he said.

"The MPs should tender a public apology, there is no place for this kind of majoritarianism," said Congress leader Manish Tewari.

NCP general secretary Tariq Anwar chipped in with his words, "Shiv Sena is not a responsible party and it has always been a group of anti-social people.”

Terming the incident as highly condemnable, Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agarwal said he knows the government would not take any action against this, "but it must".

CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury firmly stated that Parliament should clearly state that such acts won't be tolerated.

Defending the Shiv Sena MPs, Union Minister Anant Geete said "Those who want to respect the month of Ramzan should not make false statement in the House" triggering sharp protests from the Opposition.

"Whatever the report has appeared is totally false and Congress is trying to tarnish the image of the Narendra Modi government," Geete said.

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