BJP leader and union minister Prakash Javdekar on Monday termed as political drama the fast undertaken by AICC President Rahul Gandhi at Raj Ghat in Delhi to protest against caste violence targeting Dalits and communalism.
Calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi "anti-Dalit", Rahul Gandhi said the grand old party (Indian National Congress) will defeat the BJP-led NDA in the 2019 general election.
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. Modi ji does not have any place in his heart for Dalits.
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.
"Photograph was taken before 8 am".
The saffron party also used photographs of Congress leaders having breakfast before their fast commenced at 10:30 am to ridicule the party on their lack of seriousness regarding the issue they were raising.
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Rahul Gandhi is himself the hunger strike at Rajghat in New Delhi. This is what is wrong with these (BJP) people. 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 will stand against such ideology and defeat the BJP in 2019 general elections", Gandhi told reporters.
"This is a fight for the ideology and values which India represents".
Maken hit back, saying that the BJP was targeting the Congress on such issues because it does not want to debate issues such as Dalits being targeted or irregularities in the banking sector.
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. The truth is that today every person in the country is standing against the government.
Congress workers were fasting across the country to convey to people in the country that they should not be allured by the "diversionary and divisive tactics of the Modi government".
"That is an idea we will continue to defend", he said. "We are fighting for you as well".