In a shocking incident on July 23rd, a Shiv Sena MP forced a chappathi into the mouth of an IRCTC caterer at Maharastra Sadan. Ever since that, the party has been keeping a measured silence about the issue which has lead to critics accusing them of chewing the cud. The truth, however, is that they were chewing the chappathi served on that day, and have finally won the battle, having fought tooth and nail.
Sources report that a senior Congress MP was later overheard saying “It is disgusting. Personally I’m finding it hard to swallow. Such things shouldn’t happen and it is difficult for me to digest it.” It is still unclear if he was referring to the incident or was making a complaint about the quality of the food.
Meanwhile, the Sena seems to have bitten off more than it can chew by trying to defend its MP’s behaviour. “His actions were misinterpreted,” said a party spokesperson earlier this week. “He was trying to give suggestions to the caterers. He wanted to give some food for thought so that the caterers would give some thought for food. See, the IRCTC is a big organization, and you cannot spoon-feed them. That’s why he used his bare hands. So why should the caterer complain? He’s trying to bite the hand that feeds him. After all, he fed him only chappathi and dal. Chappathi and dal is the bread and butter of the IRCTC. But anyway, I’m not going to harp about it. Crying over spilled milk is just not my cup of tea. I have to go now and I’m in a hurry. I have too much on my plate.”
The quality of food provided by IRCTC has always been a political hot potato, and after that comment, it became a banana skin for the Shiv Sena as the spokesperson landed the party in soup. To react to the comment, an IRCTC spokesperson spoke exclusively to Faking News. “The Shiv Sena should immediately retract the statement and the party spokesperson should eat his own words. You cannot take such comments with a pinch of salt. How can he just cook up some nonsense and shove it down other people’s throats?”
Till then the IRCTC spokesperson remained cool as a cucumber, but suddenly, he went bananas. “Shiv Sena referred to chappathi and dal as bread and butter! That’s like comparing apples to oranges. And let me remind Shiv Sena that they can’t have their chappathi and eat it too. We IRCTC employees work hard, and the politicians get to enjoy the fruits and vegetables of our labour! But at the end of the day, we are the ones who are forced to eat humble pie. The job of a politician is essentially a gravy train. So how can they sympathize with people who serve gravy on trains? They’re born with a silver spoon in their mouth and are used to being handed everything on a silver platter. Maybe that’s the reason they can’t tolerate plastic cutlery.”
Soon after that verbal spat, the hash-tag ‘#WeAreFedUp’ started trending on Twitter to lampoon both Shiv Sena and the IRCTC. And that was the cherry on the cake.