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Congress protest at Rajghat Live Updates: BJP hits back after Rahul claims he is defending democracy

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’.

Edited by: India TV Politics Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: April 09, 2018 16:23 IST ]
Congress protest at Rajghat Live Updates: BJP hits back

Congress protest at Rajghat Live Updates: BJP hits back after Rahul claims he is defending democracy

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.

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.

Also read | Delhi BJP claims Cong's Maken, Lovely, Haroon Yusuf 'enjoyed chhole bhature' before hunger strike at Rajghat, Lovely says 'this is symbolic fast'

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

02:09 pm:

01:38 pm: 

01:06 pm: 

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

12:13 pm:

11:52 am: 

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. 

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