Biryani sales go up after BJP’s crushing defeat in Delhi polls

Published: February 12, 2020
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Social media platforms storm with posts of happy citizens announcing celebrations with biryani after AAP’s victory. PHOTO: FILE

Social media platforms storm with posts of happy citizens announcing celebrations with biryani after AAP’s victory. PHOTO: FILE

Following an ‘unexpected’ triumph of Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Admi Party (AAP) – that gave a crushing defeat to the Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Delhi elections – people celebrated the surprise win with free, or at places, discounted Biryani served as a celebration treat to Delhiites.

According to India Times, social media platforms stormed with posts of happy citizens announcing celebrations with the rice-based delicacy after the AAP’s startling victory, as a response to comments of some senior BJP leaders, including Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, that “AAP was serving biryani to anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protesters at Shaheen Bagh in South Delhi”.

“We have seen a higher uptake on our orders today, which looks to increase through the evening,” said Raymond Andrews, co founder at Biryani Blues, a restaurant chain in the national capital region. “Biryani as a cuisine is celebratory by nature, be it a birthday, an anniversary or friends celebrating,” he added.

Anti-Muslim citizenship law, ‘beginning of migration wave in India’

Serving a cherry on top, many restaurants have also come up with promotional offers on biryani. “We are doing a 1+1 (one-plus-one) on all biryanis for delivery 6pm and 10:30pm today,” said Thomas Fenn, partner at Mahabelly, a south Indian restaurant at Saket. “We are seeing clear increase in biryani sales.”

Delhi recorded a voter turnout of over 61 per cent in the hard-fought assembly election.

Followers of an upstart Indian political party danced in the streets on Tuesday after inflicting a sweeping defeat on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s right-wing party in a key election in the capital.

The poll was the first electoral test for the BJP after it passed a controversial citizenship law which opponents say is anti-Muslim.

The story originally appeared on Economic Times

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