Youth Congress workers protest outside Goa restaurant believed to be owned by Smriti Irani’s daughter – Reuters

By PTI

PANAJI: Youth Congress workers demonstrated on Sunday outside a restaurant in Goa which the Congress says is owned by the daughter of Union Minister Smriti Irani.

Congress demanded Irani’s sacking on Saturday, alleging his daughter ran an illegal bar in Goa, but the minister claimed the ‘malicious’ charge was brought at the behest of the Gandhi family because of her voice in the National Herald affair and had vowed to fight back.

Goa Youth Congress President Varad Mardolkar and State Unity Spokesperson Amarnath Panjikar led the protest outside Sully Souls Goa restaurant in Assagao village on Sunday and demanded the closure of the establishment.

Goa Congress chief Amit Patkar had alleged that the renewal of the restaurant’s bar license had been applied in the name of a deceased person.

He had claimed that the excise commissioner, responding to a fraud complaint, issued a show cause notice to the restaurant logged on July 29.

Protesters said Irani could not shirk responsibility by touching a chord and must respond to the allegation. Panjikar said Irani could not hide behind emotional statements and blame others.

He alleged that Irani held Congress leader Rahul Gandhi responsible for the illegality committed by members of his own family. Panjikar demanded that action be taken against the restaurant and those involved in the illegality.

PANAJI: Youth Congress workers demonstrated on Sunday outside a restaurant in Goa which the Congress says is owned by the daughter of Union Minister Smriti Irani. Congress demanded Irani’s sacking on Saturday, alleging his daughter ran an illegal bar in Goa, but the minister claimed the ‘malicious’ charge was brought at the behest of the Gandhi family because of her voice in the National Herald affair and had vowed to fight back. Goa Youth Congress President Varad Mardolkar and State Unity Spokesperson Amarnath Panjikar led the protest outside Sully Souls Goa restaurant in Assagao village on Sunday and demanded the closure of the establishment. Goa Congress chief Amit Patkar had alleged that the renewal of the restaurant’s bar license had been applied in the name of a deceased person. He had claimed that the excise commissioner, responding to a fraud complaint, issued a show cause notice to the restaurant logged on July 29. Protesters said Irani could not shirk responsibility by touching a chord and must respond. to the allegation. Panjikar said Irani could not hide behind emotional statements and blame others. He alleged that Irani held Congress leader Rahul Gandhi responsible for the illegality committed by members of his own family. Panjikar demanded that action be taken against the restaurant and those involved in the illegality.