"It is not an indefinite hunger strike.This is what is wrong with these (BJP) people, instead of properly running the country, they concentrate on what we eat", said Lovely. He has no place for Dalits in his heart, the whole country knows this.
The day-long protest was attended by Congress president Rahul Gandhi, along with several senior leaders- Mallikarjun Kharge, Sheila Dikshit, Ashok Gehlot.
The 1984 anti-Sikh riots cast a shadow over the "Sadhbhavna Upvas" (fast for harmony) with Congress leaders Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler, listed as accused for their alleged role in the riots, being asked to stay away from the stage where Gandhi and the other leaders were sitting.
Asked about BJP Dalit MPs writing to Modi with their complaints, Gandhi said: "You talk to them in Parliament".
"Some days back, a BJP leader said that Opposition members were animals". The BJP follows ideology of oppressing Dalits, tribals, minorities.
After a picture of Delhi Congress leaders having a meal at a restaurant before they were to sit on a fast at Rajghat "against the alleged caste violence and communalism" went viral, the BJP latched onto it to claim that the opposition party's "double standards" were exposed and that it had ridiculed Mahatma Gandhi's principles of "satyagrah".
"Congress" Delhi unit chief Ajay Maken and former cabinet minister Arvinder Singh Lovely, along with other party leaders, were photographed digging into platefuls of chhole bhature at an eatery. "Congress president Rahul Gandhi has enacted a fast of farce". It was from 10.30 am to 4.30 pm and the picture was taken before 8 am. "(It was) an attempt by his party to fast track his politics to burnish his credentials despite people rejecting him time and again", Sambit Patra told reporters.
Pratyush Kanth, the Delhi BJP In-charge of Media, Social Media and IT Cell, took to Twitter and shared a picture in which Congress leaders, including Ajay Maken, Haroon Yusuf and Arvinder Singh Lovely, can be seen eating at a restaurant in New Delhi. "We won't allow the politics of hatred and division aimed at garnering votes to succeed", Surjewala told reporters. While Ambedkar was equally committed to protect Muslims, the Nehru government did not do much to protect Dalits and tribals, they said quoting from the letter.
Countering Congress allegations against the BJP, Patra said poll-bound Karnataka had reported 9,080 cases of crimes against Dalits and 358 Dalits were killed in the five years of Congress rule in the state.