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

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But about three hours before the start of the fast in the Capital, leaders of the Delhi party unit, including Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee chief Ajay Maken, were caught on camera having a heavy-duty breakfast of chhole bhature, embarrassing AICC managers. Asked about BJP's Dalit MPs writing to Modi, he said, "When you talk to them in Parliament, they tell us that Modi ji is a casteist and is "anti-Dalit".

Rahul further expressed confidence of out powering BJP-led Centre in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. He has no place for Dalits in his heart, the whole country knows this.

"The BJP's aim is to divide the country and is against the ideology of Dalits and Adivasis (Tribals). Congress president Rahul Gandhi has enacted a fast of farce".

He ridiculed Mr Gandhi's claims that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would lose in Varanasi for his anti people stance.

The 1984 anti-Sikh riots cast a shadow over the "Sadhbhawna Upwas" (fast for harmony) with Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler, listed as accused for their alleged role in the riots, being asked to stay away from the stage where Gandhi and the other leaders were sitting.

The fast at Mahatma Gandhi's memorial was replicated across the country by Congress workers in all state and district headquarters.

An image was also shared, in which the Congress leaders Haroon Yusuf, Arvinder Singh Lovely, Ajay Maken and others can be seen eating.

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

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".

"Photograph was taken before 8 am". Talking about the picture, the Delhi Congress leader said, "Photograph is of before 8 am, this is symbolic fast from 10.30 am to 4.30pm, it is not an indefinite hunger strike". This is what is wrong with these (BJP) people.

Meanwhile, the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) mocked the Congress fast accusing the party of playing a "joke" on Dalits with its "farce of a fast" and said its leaders claim of bringing a change but can not abstain from one meal.

"This is a fight for the ideology and values which India represents. Rahul Gandhi can not wake up early, he can not skip a meal and he is talking about bringing change in the country", BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra told reporters. He said the government had divided the country on religious lines and was now trying to divide it between Dalit and non-Dalits.

Meanwhile, Mr Javdekar said the Congress government's move to divide Lingayat community in Karnataka was a desperate attempt to stop BJP chief ministerial candidate B S Yeddyurappa.

He said the government had divided the country on religious lines and was now trying to divide it between Dalit and non-Dalits.

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