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Cops prevent Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam from staging ‘pakoda protest’ outside Mantralaya

He was protesting against PM Modi’s remarks that even if someone is selling pakodas, it means employment is being generated

mumbai Updated: Feb 09, 2018 00:27 IST
Faisal Malik
Faisal Malik
Hindustan Times
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Police officials stop Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam’s car at Girgaum Chowpatty on Thursday. (Bhushan Koyande/HT)

City Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam was detained by the police at Girgaum Chowpatty for more than two hours on Thursday when he was on his way to sell pakodas outside Mantralaya, as a symbolic protest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks that even if someone is selling pakodas, it means employment is being generated.

Nirupam said he will try to undertake his pakoda protest again on Monday.

The Opposition parties have decided to start a nationwide protest against Modi’s statement, which was later supported by BJP national president Amit Shah.

“The police were tracking me since morning and finally they found me at Girgaum Chowpatty around 2pm. They did not allow my car to move ahead and want to detain me but I refused to come out of my car. This continued for more than two hours, after which they allowed me to go back home,” Nirupam said.

Nirupam said he will continue the protest until Modi withdraws the statement.

“If someone opens a ‘pakoda’ shop in front of your office, does that not count as employment? The person’s daily earning of Rs200 will never come into any books or accounts. The truth is massive, people are being employed,” the Prime Minister has said in an interview to a news channel recently.

First Published: Feb 09, 2018 00:27 IST