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

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

"We will stand against such ideology and defeat the BJP in 2019 general elections", Gandhi told reporters. He added that PM Modi is an anti-Dalit person and he does not have any place for Dalits in his heart.

Along with Rahul Gandhi, senior Congress leaders Sheila Dikshit, Kamal Nath, P C Chacko, Ajay Maken and Randeep Singh Surjewala were present at Rajghat.

He and Sajjan Kumar, both accused of leading mobs in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in the aftermath of Indira Gandhi's assassination, were reportedly asked to leave the stage where Rahul Gandhi was to sit.

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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.

Gandhi also alleged that the atmosphere created in the country was because of the BJP's ideology "to divide the country and crush Dalits, crush tribals and minorities".

Targetting the BJP Government, the Raut said, "Clearly BJP ruled Centre and state governments didn't initiate any steps to curb the violence neither to protect the fraternity, therefore it becomes even more important for the Congress to lead the nation in tough time". The BJP has claimed that purported picture is clicked just before the Congress was about to start its hunger strike at Rajghat.

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Patra said the Congress had fallen into its own trap.

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". "Congress president Rahul Gandhi has enacted a fast of farce".

Pratyush Kanth, the Delhi BJP In-charge of Media, Social Media and IT Cell, took to Twitter and shared a picture in which Congress leaders, including Ajay Maken, Haroon Yusuf and Arvinder Singh Lovely, can be seen eating at a restaurant in New Delhi. "It is an attempt by his party to fast-track his politics to burnish his credentials despite people rejecting him time and again", he told reporters. "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 such as the Punjab National bank (PNB) bank scam, CBSE 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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