Anti-alcohol, strict vegetarian Chouhan served non-veg, liquor at a Japan party
Bhopal: Known for this strict stand on vegetarianism and against alcohol, Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan does not seem to have any issues about serving choicest non-vegetarian dishes and liquor at a party at Indian Embassy in Japan last year. Rs 3.15 lakh was spent on the do.
Chouhan’s strict stand on vegetarianism runs to the extent that he rejected repeated proposals to serve eggs – considered good and safe protein source – to malnourished children in state. MP has second highest percentage of malnourished children in country.
Chouhan has also always harped on his anti-liquor stand, publicly announcing repeatedly that he would not allow new liquor shops in the state.
However, the thought looked far off from mind of the CM as he tried to woo foreign investors to India during his visit to Japan in September-October 2015 and threw a party on September 30 at the Indian Embassy in Tokyo.
Interestingly, the liquor served at the party included Kingfisher brand beer of United Breweries owned by major economic defaulter Vijay Mallya and an Italian wine.
Dishes of fish and chicken were also served at the party for 90 persons, a bill for the party obtained through Right to Information (RTI) shows. In all, Rs 3.15 lakh was spent on the party catered by Tokyo branch of Indian Restaurant Mumbai, according to the bill.
RTO activist Ajay Dubey who obtained the RTI document has questioned the chief minister’s dual stand about food and drink choices. “Slowly the CM is getting the reputation of a big bash thrower. First, serving multiple cuisine in silver crockery to top BJP leaders during Simhastha and to judges during a convention in Bhopal and now this grand menu of non-veg food and liquor at Japan,” he said while talking to NewsBits.in
The activist said that apart from explaining his stand in this matter, the chief minister should also let people of this poor and malnourished state know as to how much investment was attracted after spending so much on just one party in Japan.