Published: Tue, April 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Cong fast a farce to fast track Rahul's career: BJP

Cong fast a farce to fast track Rahul's career: BJP

"It is not an indefinite hunger strike.This is what is wrong with these (BJP) people, instead of properly running the country, they concentrate on what we eat", said Lovely. He added that PM Modi is an anti-Dalit person and he does not have any place for Dalits in his heart.

The protest organised by the Congress witnessed its first controversy when party leaders Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler, both accused in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, arrived at Rajghat.

Maken hit back, saying that the BJP was targeting the Congress on such issues because it does not want to debate issues such as Dalits being targeted or irregularities in the banking sector.

"The BJP's aim is to divide the country and is against the ideology of Dalits and Adivasis (Tribals)". It gave the BJP the ammunition it was looking for, with party spokesperson Sambit Patra mocking Gandhi's fast as a "farce" and describing the party's decision to keep Kumar and Tytler away from the main dais as its "admission of guilt". "A few days ago, a BJP leader said opposition leaders are animals".

Another BJP spokesperson Bizay Sonkar Shastri raked up the Congress' alleged ill-treatment of Dalit icon Bhimrao Ambedkar and said it was Prime Minister Narendra Modi who had been working overtime to fulfil Ambedkar's dreams.

After a picture of Delhi Congress leaders having a meal at a restaurant before they were to sit on a fast at Rajghat "against the alleged caste violence and communalism" went viral, the BJP latched onto it to claim that the opposition party's "double standards" were exposed and that it had ridiculed Mahatma Gandhi's principles of "satyagrah".

Patra said the Congress had fallen into its own trap. What we have seen from Rahul Gandhi today is not a fast but the farce of a fast. "(It was) an attempt by his party to fast track his politics to burnish his credentials despite people rejecting him time and again", Sambit Patra told reporters.

Gandhi said the country will not accept that Modi government "spreads violence, hatred in the country".

Defending "feast before fast", Lovely admitted that the picture was taken before 8 am. "We will stand against and defeat it in 2019 general polls", Gandhi said. "The approach that this government has against Dalits, tribals, minorities and farmers, we are standing against it", he said. "2019 Lok Sabha polls will belong to the Congress party and will defeat them in 2019", he said while addressing media at Raj Ghat.

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