Rahul leads Congress fast at Rajpath to protest against govt

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"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.

Missing no chance to slam Congress, BJP took to Twitter saying, "After the moral victory, Congress has now come up with the idea of "symbolic fast" powered by chole-puri". Modi ji does not have any place in his heart for Dalits.

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

The 1984 anti-Sikh riots cast a shadow over the "Sadhbhavna Upvas" (fast for harmony) with 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 Gandhi and the other leaders were sitting.

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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". He said every person in the country was against the BJP. He further said that the Congress party will support and stand with Dalits.

"Fast was to begin at 10:30 am. we went for breakfast around 8 am", said Congress leader Arvinder Singh Lovely.

While talking to media at Rajghat, Rahul Gandhi accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of being "casteist" and "anti-Dalit".

Another controversy erupted when BJP leader Harish Khurana claimed that several Delhi Congress leaders were seen eating at a restaurant before sitting on the fast.

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Patra said the Congress had fallen into its own trap. "Party leaders all over the country have supported Rahul Gandhi's by keeping a fast today", he added. "(It was) an attempt by his party to fast track his politics to burnish his credentials despite people rejecting him time and again".

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.

Rahul Gandhi should tell them when he plans to sit on a fast against crimes against Dalits in Karnataka, Sambit Patra asked. "The approach that this government has against Dalits, tribals, minorities and farmers, we are standing against it", he said.

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.

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