Congress men shut down eatery over bill note
Unable to swallow the 'insult' after Parel restaurant prints bills with a note slamming UPA government, Congress men force it to shut down; owner says he had printed it to protest tax on AC restaurants
Angry, young Congress men on Monday swamped a popular restaurant in Parel, opposite KEM Hospital, because the owner had started printing 'defamatory' material against the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) central government on food bills.
Around 30 to 35 workers of the Indian Youth Congress -- which is chaired by party vice-president Rahul Gandhi -- approached the restaurant, Aditi Pure Veg, around 3 pm. Led by Ganesh Kumar Yadav, city president of the party's youth wing, and party MLA Kalidas Kolambkar, they approached the hotel and asked the owner to shut shop.
Bitter bill: Congress workers shout slogans outside Aditi restaurant in Parel, upset over this line in their bill.
The marching orders for the swoop down came from the party headquarters in Delhi, said Congress workers, and after receiving them, they clamped down on the restaurant and later approached the Bhoiwada police against the businessman for defamation.
End of their wits: City's Youth Congress workers outside Bhoiwada police station, where they went after forcing Srinivas Shetty, owner of Aditi restaurant near KEM Hospital, to down shutters for his 'defamatory' words. Pics/Datta Kumbhar
"Some of the Congress workers who had come to KEM Hospital had food at Aditi. They saw the hotel owner had printed defamatory material against the ruling alliance and wrote to the Congress party leaders in Delhi, who then diverted the matter to us," said Pratik A Nakate, president, Wadala assembly of Mumbai Pradesh Youth Congress.
"So our Youth Congress workers approached the restaurant and demanded its closure and asked for an apology. We have informed the Bhoiwada police about it," said Omshree Kadam, secretary of south-central district Congress committee.
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