Uttar Pradesh minister Suresh Rana admitted that the food was not prepared at Rajneesh’s home, but dismissed the controversy as “meaningless”.(Mohd Zakir/HT File)
Uttar Pradesh minister Suresh Rana admitted that the food was not prepared at Rajneesh’s home, but dismissed the controversy as “meaningless”.(Mohd Zakir/HT File)

UP minister Suresh Rana defends eating ‘outside food’ during visit to Dalit home

The minister and his supporters were visiting Rajneesh Kumar Singh at Lohgarh village as part of a Dalit outreach programme launched by the Yogi Adityanath government.
Hindustan Times, Agra | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 02, 2018 09:05 PM IST

Uttar Pradesh minister Suresh Rana sparked a row after he allegedly had food ordered from an eatery during a visit to a Dalit’s residence in Aligarh district on Monday night.

Rana and his supporters were visiting Rajneesh Kumar Singh at Lohgarh village as part of a Dalit outreach programme. A controversy broke out after reports suggested that the food served to Rana and his supporters was ordered from a nearby eatery, and not home-cooked.

Rana admitted that the food was not prepared at Rajneesh’s home, but dismissed the controversy as “meaningless”. “Lohgarh village is dominated by Dalits. The village pradhan and local MLA organised a large scale programme, and as it was impossible for my host’s family to cook for so many people at home, he got it prepared from elsewhere,” he said.

Rajneesh said he had no prior knowledge of Rana’s visit. “The minister and his supporters reached my house around 11 pm. All the food was prepared at a community centre nearby. As the minister was to dine at my house, food was brought from the community centre and served here,” he added.

People familiar with the development said Rana and his supporters were served dal makhni, matar paneer, pulao, tandoori roti, naan and gulab jamun, besides bottled mineral water.

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