Raising the issue during Zero Hour, K C Tyagi (JD-U) said members were falling sick after consuming food from Parliament canteen and SP members Ram Gopal Yadav and Jaya Bachchan were the latest victims. Tyagi, in a lighter vein, said it was a well-planned conspiracy to keep the members' mouth shut in Parliament.
Some members from the opposition benches remarked that food was from Gujarat, to which Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkiah Naidu said, "Some people keep dreaming of Gujarat, what can I do?"
When Deputy Chairman P J Kurien asked Naidu to look into the issue, he said, "I have taken note of it. I have told the Canteen staff about it."
Bachchan said it was a fact that she had to suffer after she ate food in Parliament when it was sitting late. The problem of poor quality of food is prevailing since last four-five years, she said, complaining, "They are serving stale food here."
Rajeev Shukla (Cong) supported her saying he was a member of the Food Committee and had suggested bringing the kitchen back to Parliament building. "Food cooked at 6 AM is served till late night which was causing the problem," he said, adding the problem started only after kitchen was shifted from the main building.