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Modi tweet on Mumbai eatery bills sparks war of words

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  New Delhi, July 24, 2013
First Published: 01:51 IST(24/7/2013) | Last Updated: 01:53 IST(24/7/2013)

Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi’s tweet over enraged Congress workers forcing the closure of an eatery in Mumbai for issuing bills mocking the UPA government for imposing service tax on AC restaurants was trending on twitter on Tuesday.


“Height of intolerance!” tweeted Modi on his twitter handle @narendramodi where he also posted a photo of the bill issued by the restaurant.

He also added links to a newspaper photograph of the bill for Rs. 240, which read at the bottom: “As per UPA govt eating money (2G, coal, CWG scam) is a necessity and eating food in AC restaurants is a luxury.”

Modi’s tweet was promptly retweeted even as Congress leaders held that their workers had not forced the closure of the restaurant.

Sanjay Kaul, a BJP supporter, said on twitter: Forget the meal, I am willing to pay R240 just for the bill.  Another tweet said, “You were so concerned about shutting down of a stupid (anti-Modi) web page. Why no response now?”

The police have registered a non-cognisable offence against owner Srinivas Shetty under section 501 (printing or engraving matter known to be defamatory) of the IPC.

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