Congress taunts PM Modi, Amit Shah for observing 'fake fast'

13 April, 2018, 06:14 | Author: Charlene Valdez
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"Now we want to express our disappointment by going on a fast led by Prime Minister", said a senior BJP leader who will also observe fast on Thursday. He claimed, "There is no alternative to Modi". "The Opposition parties have resorted to dirty tricks of disrupting the Parliament and spreading canards against the ruling BJP. Good wishes for your fake fast", he added.

While BJP President Amit Shah and State BJP President B.S. Yeddyurappa are leading the fast in front of Dharwad DC Office, Union Ministers H.N. Ananth Kumar, D.V. Sadananda Gowda and Prakash Javadekar are fasting in front of the Gandhi statue in Bengaluru.

The Modi-led fast by the BJP left the Shiv Sena in a tight spot on Thursday.

The BJP's fast comes days after the Congress held a nationwide fast on April 9 to protest against Dalit atrocities and acts of communal violence that have seen a flare up across the country. "We aim to do that through our dharna", Union Minister of State for AYUSH, Shripad Naik, said. Not a single BJP leader or minister is involved.

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After Uddhav's orders, Geete immediately left the fast venue.

Warned by the recent experience of the Delhi Congress, the Delhi BJP issued a list of dos and don'ts to its members ahead of the party's day-long fast today. Only two MLAs - Girish Bapat and Vijay Kale -actually visited the protest site.

MP Anil Shirole, city chief Yogesh Gogawale, and Guardian Minister Girish Bapat were present at the venue when the fast started at 9 am. "False cases are being slapped on our innocent party workers to terrorise them", he said. MP Sanjay Kakde reached at around 10.30 and remained there till 1pm.

At a time when the rival camp of Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party is showing increasing cohesiveness after the two parties joined hands, Shah questioned why the UP unit of the BJP made headlines for reasons such as upset allies and its five Dalit MPs speaking up against the party.

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"Now, "jumla" fast gets over in an hour and feast after that".

Blaming the Congress of fanning hatred in the country and playing divisive politics, Shah said the wise people understood its sinister tactics and defeated its candidates in state after state since 2014.

Among the leaders, photographed at a popular Delhi restaurant, were Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken and party leader Arvinder Singh Lovely. It has held democracy hostage in its own household. The fast went on from 10 am to 5 pm, but the programme ended at four o'clock in the evening.

Photo of Congress leaders tucking into chhole bhature before a fast was circulated on social media.

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At a time when the state is facing water crisis, the civic body reportedly used drinking water for six coolers at the venue.

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