Reports of Shiv Sena MPs, apparently angry over not being served Maharashtra food, allegedly forcing a Muslim worker to eat a chapati to break his Ramzan fast created uproar in both Houses of Parliament on Wednesday.
As soon as the Lok Sabha assembled for the day, several Opposition members raised the issue and termed it as violation of religious beliefs.
Members from Congress, RJD, Trinamool Congress and AIMIM were on their feet to raise the issue in the Lok Sabha.
The Speaker said that the members should allow the Question Hour to proceed smoothly and she would allow the issue to be raised during Zero Hour.
She also said that Congress leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and Shiv Sena’s Anant Geete had met her separately.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was also present in the House when the issue was raised.
Lok Sabha was adjourned for 15 minutes following uproar over the issue.
In the Rajya Sabha, Ali Anwar Ansari (JD-U) raised the issue when the House met for the day but Chairman Hamid Ansari said the issue can be raised during Zero Hour.
Rajeev Shukla (Cong) said all religions should be treated with respect as members from his party as well as Samajwadi Party rose on their feet protesting the alleged incident.
Sitaram Yechury (CPM) said members should be allowed to raise the issue during Zero Hour.
The incident took place when a group of around 15 MPs were discussing complaints about the lack of services at the Maharshtra sadan last week.