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BJP Legislator Demands Ban on Momos, Calls it 'Silent Killer'

Ramesh Arora, a BJP MLC, who launched the campaign about a fortnight ago, said that 'momos' (dumplings) were "more dangerous than alcohol and psychotropic drugs".


Updated:June 30, 2017, 12:18 PM IST
BJP Legislator Demands Ban on Momos, Calls it 'Silent Killer'
Members of an NGO burn an effigy protesting against momos in Jammu on Thursday. (Image: PTI)

Jammu: A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator on Thursday led a protest rally against popular street food momos and demanded a ban on its sale. Ramesh Arora, a BJP MLC, who launched the campaign about a fortnight ago, said that momos (dumplings) were "more dangerous than alcohol and psychotropic drugs".

In the presence of some religious leaders and over 100 people, the activists carried an effigy which had slogans such as 'momos-silent killer' and 'momos-slow death' written on it. They marched through the heart of the city to make people aware of its “dangerous health implications”.

There is no denying that momo has become the new go-to street food across northern and eastern India. In Jammu, there has been a high growth of momo-selling outlets as most of the young population are tucking into a plate of steamy, hot momos with succulent meat filling along with that spicy red-chilli sauce and mayonnaise dips.

"Ajinomoto (monosodium glutamate) used in the recipe to enhance the taste is harmful to health and can even cause cancer. They have been found to be the root cause of several life-threatening diseases," Arora said.

He has taken it upon himself to rid the streets of the "Chinese staple" because of its apparent negative impact on Indian food culture while posing dangerous health implications for people.

"I will continue to campaign for it till the government of India and the state government take a call to ban its sale. It is killing our young generations," he said.

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| Edited by: Puja Menon
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