BJP MLC Ramesh Arora held a protest on 29-June to ban the popular dish Momos in J&K.
From a party which is making headlines for calling a list of bans on food and lifestyle of individuals in the country. BJP MLC Ramesh Arora from Jammu and Kashmir joined in the growing bandwagon with his call for a ban on popular street food Momos aka dumplings.
BJP MLC Ramesh Arora from Jammu and Kashmir held a protest at Jammu on Thursday. He has been campaigning in media against the popular snack Momo for quite sometime in the past few months. All that changed on Thursday when a personally took a protest demanding momo’s be banned. A sizeable crowd participated in the protest in general style holding poster, placard and effigies.
BJP MLC Rajesh Arora leads protest against selling of momos in Jammu pic.twitter.com/HjrBBvLOnn
— ANI (@ANI) June 29, 2017
The dish which originated in North East and is similar to the chinese dish Bao has become quite popular in many parts of India. It can be found in menus in restaurants to road side eateries.
The reason behind the call for a ban.
Mr Ramesh has said Momo’s are serious health hazard as they contain Mono Sodium Glutamate(MSG) or commonly known by a brand name Ajinomoto as a key ingredient.
Although urban legend of MSG being associated health risk is not proven conclusively there happens to be a consensus among professionals and people that it is indeed unhealthy. “Momos have been found to be the root cause of several life-threatening diseases, including gluten cancer,” Arora said on Wednesday.
He also mentioned youth were getting addicted to the snack in large numbers across J&K and elsewhere in other parts of the country.
“more dangerous than alcohol and psychotropic drugs”, says BJP legislator Ramesh Arora.
MSG according to WHO is considered unsafe in 26 countries, although the US Food and Drug administration has not found any conclusive evidence of it being unsafe for human consumption.
Dr R.K. Singal, doctor of internal medicine “Rather than focusing on banning foods such as momos or Maggi, the government needs to ensure that our food regulatory bodies function properly, so that we have access to clean and hygienic food. Right now, from street stalls to five-star hotels, all serve mostly unhygienic food. As for ajinomoto, it’s harmful if consumed in large doses for a regular period. There is no research available that can guide us on exactly how much is too much.” -reported Hindustan times
While the reactions to the protest have been mixed. On social media a small sizeable section called for a ban on the “ingredient MSG” rather than outright banning Momo’s. The majority criticized this unusual demand by the Mr Ramesh to ban a food item outright.
This call for Momo ban has triggered some hilarious reactions on twitter. Some questions made us think too? Like Why does No MLA or MP calls for Ban on Tobacco, cigarettes or alcohol?
— Philarima Hynniewta (@philarima) June 29, 2017
#MomoBan? How about BAN cigarettes, shitty paan that makes every road look UGLY AF, plastic bags, everything that actually affects society?
— naomimirandahere (@nayo_nise) June 23, 2017