Rahul's fast at Raj Ghat a 'political drama': BJP leader

Rahul's fast at Raj Ghat a 'political drama': BJP leader

Defending "feast before fast", Lovely admitted that the picture was taken before 8 am.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said Congress has no other issue that is why they are trying to create one by holding the protest. The Congress party's "Sadhbhavna Upvas" (fast for harmony) was however not without a controversy as Delhi Congress leaders Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler, listed as accused for their alleged role in the riots, being asked to stay away from the stage where Rahul Gandhi and the other leaders were sitting. "(It was) an attempt by his party to fast track his politics to burnish his credentials despite people rejecting him time and again", he told reporters.

As the picture of Maken with senior leaders Arvinder Singh Lovely and Harun Yusuf tucking into chhole bhature at an old Delhi restaurant went viral, Maken wondered what the fuss was all about.

"I am not denying it".

Lovely said, "This is a symbolic fast, not an indefinite fast". Does that mean that any of us would not have eaten breakfast or will have to skip dinner?

Citing figures of anti-Dalit violence in five years of the Congress rule in the poll-bound Karnataka, he said the state had reported 9,080 cases crimes against the community and over 358 Dalits were killed. While Dalits believed in peaceful protests, it is the opposition which had fanned violence, he alleged. "The "oppressive ideology" followed by the BJP and the RSS did not allow them to respect the architect of the Constitution, B.R. Ambedkar", Pynjab congress said in a message posted on Twitter.

Rahul Gandhi should tell them when he plans to sit on a fast against crimes against Dalits in Karnataka, Sambit Patra asked.

Patra and Shastri also quoted from Ambedkar's resignation letter to quit the Nehru Cabinet in which the Dalit icon had accused the erstwhile PM of devoting his time only for protection of Muslims.

"The BJP's aim is to divide the country and is against the ideology of Dalits and Adivasis (Tribals)".

Rahul further expressed confidence of out powering BJP-led Centre in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. "The approach that this government has against Dalits, tribals, minorities and farmers, we are standing against it", he said.

Party leaders said the fast for harmony is also against the communal politics of the BJP and non-functioning of Parliament, where the Congress wanted to debate issues of national importance such as the Punjab National Bank scam, Central Board of Secondary Education paper leak, alleged dilution of SC/ST Act, special status to Andhra Pradesh and setting up of the Cauvery water management board.

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