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"As per UPA eating money (2G, Coal, CWG scam) is a necessity and eating food in a A/C restaurant is a luxury." This was a sentence Aditi Veg Restaurant in Parel, south Mumbai, had printed at the end of its bills.
Customers probably smiled if they ever noticed the sentence but Youth Congress workers missed the humour. A group of some 30 Youth Congress workers protested at the restaurant on Monday, leading it to be shut down for a day. When the restaurant reopened on Tuesday, the controversial statement was missing from its bills.
The victory was short for the party workers: Twitter wits and Facebook posts had much fun with their conduct. #AditiRestaurant started trending on Twitter early Tuesday and many posted photos of the old bill with remarks criticising the act. Many Facebook-ers too posted using the #AditiRestaurant hashtag. Most users were of the opinion that such activities in a democracy were not just wrong but also condemnable as they signified the government's attempt to curb their right to freedom of speech.
#AditiRestaurant prints food "insecurity" bill -- Congress sues for copyright violation.
— Desi Babu (@desibabu1947) July 23, 2013
So Aditi Hotel is back in business. Lost one day of earnings but gained so much more in publicity. Marketing 101 for you marketing folks..— That Goan Boy (@schmmuck) July 23, 2013
So Aditi Hotel is back in business. Lost one day of earnings but gained so much more in publicity. Marketing 101 for you marketing folks..
#aditirestaurant was a veg restaurant. Veg means Hindu. Hindutva is BJP. This was all Modi's doing!— Haw Haw! ? (@BucketheadCase) July 23, 2013
#aditirestaurant was a veg restaurant. Veg means Hindu. Hindutva is BJP. This was all Modi's doing!
One party takes down a website. The other shuts down a restaurant. So much competition to lose votes!— E-tard (@14_yr_old_Etard) July 23, 2013
One party takes down a website. The other shuts down a restaurant. So much competition to lose votes!
How dare they do that in a democracy! @ibnlive Do you think it was appropriate of #AditiRestaurant to put up political comments on the bill?
— AristocRat Miller (@YearOfRat) July 23, 2013
NOTICE: All funny bills can only be passed by Parliament. #AditiRestaurant
— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) July 23, 2013
They should also ask AC car owners to pay luxury tax. And they should collect the tax when car passes over a pothole. #AditiRestaurant
— Faking News (@fakingnews) July 23, 2013
#aditirestaurant still trending high. Those mindless youthies should be slapped for scoring a self goal LOL— Divyam (@divyatman) July 23, 2013
#aditirestaurant still trending high. Those mindless youthies should be slapped for scoring a self goal LOL
#AditiRestaurant proves u cant hide truth for long. A simple 3 line footnote has done in a day what a 180cr "Bharat Nirman" bakwaas cudnt
— Anish Mangal (@m_anish) July 23, 2013
Rahul Gandhi Positive politics :- If you can't resolve it, shut it. #AditiRestaurant #Mumbai
— Rahim (@HydRahim) July 23, 2013
#AditiRestaurant We all hav freedom of speech just like USA. Not sayin anything about freedom AFTER the speech #Pappu #FascistCongress
— Madd Dogg (@MaddDogg8) July 23, 2013
The incident now seems to be turning into a political controversy after it caught Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi's attention as well. The BJP strongman tweeted with a photo of the bill expressing his discontent with what went down at the restaurant.
Height of Intolerance! http://t.co/j7q2J6DMKO #AditiRestaurant pic.twitter.com/oszKFyOx3P— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 23, 2013
Height of Intolerance! http://t.co/j7q2J6DMKO #AditiRestaurant pic.twitter.com/oszKFyOx3P
Congress workers too are now trying to turn tables and add a political flavor to the whole episode. Their president offered justification saying they never vandalised the restaurant, alleging that such rumors were spread by the BJP to malign their reputation.