Congress President Rahul Gandhi, along with other party leaders, are observing a day-long fast at Raj Ghat to expose BJP’s “lies” and to ‘protect communal harmony’.
Party workers are holding a day-long fast at all state and district headquarters to protest against the BJP government and promote communal harmony and peace across the country.
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In the national capital, Gandhi will sit with Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken and party workers to protest against the government and its failure to hold discussion in Parliament on key issues such as the CBSE paper leak, the multi-crore PNB scam, Cauvery issue and Special Category Status to Andhra Pradesh.
The Congress will also take up issues related to alleged dilution of the SC/ST Act, farm distress and disillusionment among the youth.
Here are the LIVE updates:
Watch Rahul Gandhi's press conference at the end of hunger strike:
04:10 pm: Sambit Patra slams Rahul Gandhi and Congress leaders for eating before fast. 'He has made fun of hungers poor people across India face everyday', Patra said.
04:05 pm: BJP hits back at Rahul Gandhi for 'farce fast', spokesperson Sambit Patra claims that Congress leaders' hunger is not for food but for power
04:01 pm: We are protecting democracy and media from BJP's ideology, says Rahul Gandhi
04:00 pm: We are protesting against BJP's divisive ideology. We will always stand against it: Rahul Gandhi at the end of hunger strike
Delhi BJP leader Harish Khurana claims Congress leaders were earlier today seen eating at restaurant in Delhi before sitting on a protest and observing fast at Rajghat over atrocities on Dalits. (In pic, Congress leader AS Lovely) pic.twitter.com/OWsIWmwPKP— ANI (@ANI) April 9, 2018
Congress President Rahul Gandhi with senior Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge, Sheila Dikshit, Ashok Gehlot and Ajay Maken at Rajghat, where the Congress party is staging a protest and hunger strike over atrocities on Dalits. pic.twitter.com/ERxkUzvBIk— ANI (@ANI) April 9, 2018
Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi arrives at Rajghat, where the Congress party is staging a protest and hunger strike over atrocities on Dalits. pic.twitter.com/2rQQqzN58Y— ANI (@ANI) April 9, 2018
12:35 pm: Communal harmony & brotherhood is under threat in Modi govt, they want to divide the society, hence it is the duty of Congress party to fight against such powers & this is what we have come together for: RS Surjewala on country-wide Congress protest
10:37 am: Rahul Gandhi will fast for only two hours at the Rajghat. He will reach the venue at 12pm.
Congress made the announcement on Friday after BJP announced a fast by party MLAs on April 12 to protest the impasse in Parliament or which he blamed the opposition.
Hitting back at the BJP on Friday, the Congress had said that it was the government which was responsible for not letting Parliament function and termed as a “gimmick” and “drama” the move by NDA MPs to forgo their salary for 23 days when Parliament did not function.