One placard said: “If eating national assets is essential, whyis eating in a restaurant a luxury?” Another said: “UPA stinks and sinks,” even as Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy made a pre-announced entry into the now nationally famous Aditi Veg Restaurant in Parel on Saturday. Flanked by supporters and party members, Swamy said he was here to show solidarity with the restaurant’s owner Srinivas Shetty. “The act of the Indian Youth Congress (IYC) workers (to shut down the place) was meant to create an atmosphere of terror. However, I congratulate people of Mumbai who opposed such terror tactics,” he said.
Commenting on the message that was printed in the eatery’s bill, Swamy said the owner had merely expressed his views and had every right to do so. “Article 19 of our constitution gives us the right to freedom of speech and expression, so he is entitled to express his opinions,” Swamy argued. Reacting to Congress leader, Raj Babbar’s comment that one could get a meal for Rs 12 in Mumbai, Swamy pointed out that even two rotis at the Congress party’s office canteen in Delhi cost more. “One cannot get two rotis in the canteen for Rs 12, let alone a full meal,” he said.
Swamy also reacted to Nitesh Rane’s comment that Gujaratis praising Narendra Modi should leave Mumbai. “We are Indians first and then Gujaratis, Maharashtrians or Punjabis. So his remark is anti-national. He should take back his words and apologise,” the legal expert said. Swamy did not forget to take his by-now trademark dig at the UPA government, terming it as “riddled with scams amounting to Rs 70 lakh crore.”