New Delhi April 9: A fast organised by Congress leaders in Delhi’s Rajghat aimed at promoting communal harmony and protesting atrocities against Dalits has turned into an embarrassment for the party, as images have been released on social media of them eating ‘chhole bhature’ before beginning their protest.
As the protest started, an image of Congress leaders including Ajay Maken, Haroun Yusuf and Arvinder Singh Lovely, tucking into chhola bhaturas and other Delhi favourites at a popular restaurant started doing the rounds.
The photo showed Arvinder Singh Lovely in the same blue shirt that he was seen wearing at the protest.
Delhi BJP leader Harish Khurana alleged that the Congress leaders were eating heartily to prep for their daylong fast.
वहाँ रे हमारे कांग्रिस के नेता,लोगों को राज घाट पर अनशन के लिए बुलाया है और ख़ुद एक रेस्तराँ में बैठ कर छोले भटूरे के मज़े ले रहे हो ।
सही बेफ़क़ूफ बनाते हो । pic.twitter.com/gp2pIYsdOb
— Harish Khurana (@HarishKhuranna) April 9, 2018
“Aren’t we allowed to eat before 11 am?” snapped Congress leader Ajay Maken, who organized the protest. We have specific criteria for people who will be seated on the stage. Former MPs will not be on the stage,” Ajay Maken said.
Jagdish Tytler, stressing that he had not been shooed from the stage, said he “always sits with the workers”.
Arvinder Lovely claimed that the photo was taken before 8 am and said: “This is symbolic fast from 10.30 am to 4.30 pm. 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.”
A lawmaker of the Akali Dal, Manjinder Singh, remarked: “Their mentality is to eat…they can’t stay hungry.”
This morning, there was a flutter over former Union Minister Jagdish Tytler’s entry to the protest venue. He and Sajjan Kumar, both accused of leading mobs in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in the aftermath of Indira Gandhi’s assassination, were reportedly asked to leave the stage where Rahul Gandhi was to sit.