Momo lovers would not be very happy to hear what Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ramesh Arora had to say about one of the most loved street foods in India. On Wednesday, the BJP leader suggested people should not eat momos as eating them could be ‘life threatening’. The reason cited by him for banning momos is that it contains the carcinogenic monosodium glutamate or Ajinomoto. It is not for the first time that he is speaking against momos. The BJP legislator from Jammu and Kashmir has been campaigning for a ban on this street food since the past five months.
Campaigning against momos, Ramesh Arora on Wednesday said: “Momos have been found to be the root cause of several life-threatening diseases, including cancer of the intestine”. At several public functions, Arora has spoken in favour of putting a ban on the famous food, at least in Jammu and Kashmir. He also boasted that after he spoke against momos, there has been a drop of 35% in the sale of the street food.
“Ajinomoto, a kind of salt, causes serious diseases, including cancer. It is responsible for converting a minor headache into a migraine. Besides memory loss, regular consumption for two to three years causes cancer of the stomach. They are found to be more harmful than alcohol and psychotropic drugs”, he was quoted as saying in Hindustan Times.
It was only recently that Minister of State (MoS) for Prime Minister’s Office Jitendra Singh posted a photo on social media in which he is seen enjoying eating momos.
This is how Twitter reacted soon after this bizarre announcement:
— Jose Covaco (@HoeZaay) June 7, 2017
not that I’m a big fan of momos(I am but only Tandoori ones I find outside my home in Delhi)what’s the matter with you folks at @BJP4India ?
— Ahmad Ali (@ahmadbisati) June 7, 2017
He sud be asked if its ok if MoMo_OmOm ; renamed
— docR (@marut1331) June 7, 2017
Can we like ban the legislators from coming up with useless thoughts
— ____ __ ______ (@MainBhiBhakt) June 8, 2017
MSG has always been safe. If he wants to stop every potentially cancer causing food, ask him to ban tandoori foods. Charred foods cause it.
— Amit Mitra (@amit2648) June 8, 2017
— Pearl Shah (@PearlShah) June 8, 2017
What should the citizens of north-east eat..dhokla,khakra and fafda?
— Preesha Nath (@eagleeyes3112) June 7, 2017
NEXT Maybe Idly Dosa eaten by non BJP rule States.
— Singing Human (@HumanSinging) June 8, 2017
BJP MLC in J&K says, “Momo is a killer and we cannot allow a killer to grow in a civilised society” _https://t.co/kMnGlkp6St
— Zeeshan Mhaskar (@MhaskarChief) June 7, 2017