Feasting ahead of fasting backfires on Congress, BJP calls it farce

Rahul-Gandhi

"The atmosphere that has been created in the country, it is due to the ideology of the BJP".

Terming Rahul Gandhi's fast at Rajghat as a "farce", BJP described the Congress' decision to keep the 1984 anti-Sikh riots accused Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler away from the main dais as its "admission of guilt".

The day-long protest was attended by Congress president Rahul Gandhi, along with several senior leaders- Mallikarjun Kharge, Sheila Dikshit, Ashok Gehlot.

Gandhi also accused the government of suppressing and intimidating the media.

"Some days back, a BJP leader said that Opposition members were animals".

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"The entire country knows that PM Modi is anti-Dalit, it is not a secret.The BJP follows ideology of oppressing Dalits, tribals, minorities".

Delhi BJP leader Harish Khurana alleged that the Congress leaders were eating to their heart's content to prep for their daylong fast.

"Congress" Delhi unit chief Ajay Maken and former cabinet minister Arvinder Singh Lovely, along with other party leaders, were photographed digging into platefuls of chhole bhature at an eatery. It is Congress which is dividing communities including Dalits and practicing dynasty rule, while BJP stands for development and protection of democracy, " he said. "We will stand against and defeat it in 2019 general polls", Gandhi told reporters. "(It was) an attempt by his party to fast track his politics to burnish his credentials despite people rejecting him time and again".

Taking a dig at Gandhi over his attack on the Modi government over Dalit issues, Patra asked if he had abstained even from one meal when anti-Dalit violence had happened in places like Mirchpur, Gohana and Jhajjar when the Congress was in power.

BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra also took a dig at Rahul Gandhi for turning up at Rajghat at 1 pm while the fast had started at 10.30 am, saying it shows that the Congress chief can not wake up in morning as he and his colleagues were used to "politics of luxury". "The approach that this government has against Dalits, tribals, minorities and farmers, we are standing against it", he said. Speaking on the picture of Congress leaders eating before fast, BJP-SAD Delhi MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa said' Inki maansikta hi khaane ki hai, ye bhooke nahi reh sakte' (It shows their mentality that they can't live without food). "We are standing here today and will stand against it all our life and we will defeat them in the 2019 elections", Gandhi told reporters.

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