New Delhi: BJP workers on Friday held a protest outside Congress Leader Raj Babbar's house for his remarks that it was possible to buy a full meal for Rs 12 in Mumbai. Earlier, workers of the Aam Aadmi party also held a protest outside Babbar's residence for the controversial remark.
Congress leader Rasheed Masood had also said that it is possible for a person to buy a meal for Rs 5. "In Delhi you can get a whole meal for Rs 5, but I don't know about Mumbai. I myself spend less than Rs 5 on my meals." Masood said.
Babbar's controversial remark have been ridiculed by several parties, forcing the Congress to also distance itself from his remarks. Babbar has expressed regret over his comment, saying that he was only referring to the Below Poverty Line families.
As the war of words between the government and the Opposition over poverty figures hit a new low with the UPA and Congress leaders claiming that they can get full meals in Rs 12, Rs 5 and even Re 1.
Raj Babbar had claimed that it was easy to get a full meal for Rs 12 even in Mumbai. His comments had been slammed by the Opposition with BJP leader Varun Gandhi claiming that the only place where one can get a meal for Rs 12 is the Parliament canteen. The Shiv Sena accused the Congress of mocking the poor. "In Mumbai, you can't even get a cup of tea or Vada Pav for Rs 12. The Congress is mocking the poor," said Sena leader Sanjay Raut.