“When you talk to them (BJP MPs) in Par­lia­ment, they ad­mit Modiji is casteist and anti-Dalit, does not have any place in his heart for Dal­its. The en­tire nation knows this—it is not a se­cret.”

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Congress pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi led his party on a day-long fast at Ra­jghat. The fast was in­tended as a catch-all protest against the Naren­dra Modi gov­ern­ment and the lack of dis­cus­sion in Par­lia­ment on con­tro­ver­sial is­sues, in­clud­ing the SC/ST Act and spe­cial sta­tus for Andhra Pradesh. BJP spokes­peo­ple de­scribed it as “mithya­graha”, or the farce of fasts, and made barbed com­ments about Congress lead­ers sit­ting down to plates of chhole bha­ture be­fore the fast. The Congress, the BJP said, is pok­ing fun at Dal­its with this lu­di­crous fast. In the mean­time, the BJP an­nounced its own fast protest­ing the im­passe in Par­lia­ment and the wastage of another ses­sion. Prime Min­is­ter Modi joined his col­leagues in their fast.

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