Congress workers reportedly engaged in a veritable biryani brawl at an election meeting in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday, April 6.
The incident was caught on camera, and the video has since gone viral on social media. Nine people have been arrested in connection with the incident, with cases lodged against several more.
The Election Commission has reportedly taken cognizance of the matter, especially because the 2019 Lok Sabha elections are merely days away.
The ‘biryani brawl’
Saturday’s incident reportedly took place at an election meeting organised by Congress leader Nasimuddin Siddiqui. He is the party’s candidate for the Bijnor seat in the upcoming polls.
The meeting was taking place in Tandhera village at the residence of former MLA Maulana Jameel, who joined the Congress only recently.
Biryani was being prepared near the venue, and would be distributed to the attendees, said local reports.
However, a brawl broke out over who would get the first serving of the delectable dish, and this was caught on camera.
Watch the video here:
Senior police officer Alok Sharma told reporters in Muzaffarnagar:
“Clashes broke out in Tandhera village on Saturday during the election campaign of Congress leader as people scrambled for food being served at the venue.”
He added: “We investigated the case as it was a violation of model code of conduct.”
The model code of conduct is currently in place across India in the run-up to the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, and distribution of biryani at any election meeting would be in contravention of this code.
Circle Officer Ram Mohan Sharma was quoted by news agency PTI as saying that that at least nine people had been arrested in connection with the case.
He added that complaints had been registered against at least 34 people, including Jameel and his son Naeem Ahmad.