Rahul Gandhi will sit on a day’s fast today at Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial Rajghat in Delhi, in what the Congress calls an attempt to “promote communal harmony” and to protest clashes during the Dalit protests on April 2. The party chief and workers are taking part in a nationwide “fast”. Gandhi is sitting with Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken and other party workers to protest against the government. This ‘day long’ fast will in fact last for just 5 hours, from 11 am to 4 pm on a Monday.
The Congress has stated the fast to be for multiple reasons apart from the SC/ST issue. The party will also highlight the failure of the Centre to hold a 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 party will also take up issues related to the alleged dilution of the SC/ST Act, farm distress and disillusionment among the youth. The party workers are holding a day-long fast to protest against the BJP government and promote communal harmony and peace across the country.
“A united opposition will ensure the defeat of the BJP and prevent Modi from winning again from the Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency in the 2019 parliamentary elections,” Rahul Gandhi said “We are praying for togetherness and for brotherhood, for all religions and castes in the country so that we can send out a message that all Indian are one and there is no division on caste basis,” said Congress leader Ajay Maken, who will join Rahul Gandhi at Rajghat.
The government asked the Supreme Court to review its order the same day the protests raged across the country. Its review petition will be taken up after the court receives responses from everyone concerned.
The Congress alleges that the government acted belatedly in support of Dalits and says the community has suffered discrimination and attacks in the past four years of the Narendra Modi government.
Live updates from the meeting didn’t bode well. The Congress Scion was late to his own dharna which the BJP leader Amit Malviya didn’t miss.
राहुल जी अगर लंच हो गया हो तो, उपवास पर बैठ जाओ… I would love to know which leader says he will embark on a fast and does not reach the venue till 12:45! True to his style, @rahulgandhi obviously woke up late. #RahulOnAFarce
— Amit Malviya (@malviyamit) April 9, 2018
It’s very sensitive topic that the Congress is looking to stir. The SC judgement on SC/ST Atrocities Act was something the Central Government was not a party of. The Central Government did file a review petition which it is constitutionally allowed to. Anything more than that would mean the center is trying to question the autonomy of the Apex body of Judiciary in India. The Congress and other parties are just stirring Communal emotions could be their unbecoming once it all settles down. The current day-long fast at Rajghat as been criticized by a section of population due to its nature. A 5 hour gap is what the majority of the population of India has between meals. What remains to be seen is how the people react to the fast, the litmus test being no only the Karnataka Elections but also Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan where the election are due later this year.