Party leaders Ajay Maken, Arvinder Singh Lovely, Haroon Yusuf eat chhole bhature before hunger strike at Rajghat; Lovely admits eating says fast is only symbolic
The Hush Post: The Congress’ hunger strike courted another controversy when a number of senior leaders of the party were seen enjoying breakfast at a restaurant in Delhi while hordes of party workers were being pushed for the hunger strike. The Congress is observing daylong hunger strike to protest against the alleged atrocities against the Dalit persons who had participated in the April 2 Bharat Bandh. Party president Rahul Gandhi is leading the hunger strike at Rajghat in New Delhi.
Earlier the presence of controversial party leaders Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar –both of them accused of instigating anti-Sikh riots in 1984 after the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Ganghi– had eclipsed the party’s hunger strike event.
A photo of some senior Congress leaders having breakfast at a restaurant went viral on social media. These Congress leaders, including Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken, Arvinder Singh Lovely, Haroon Yusuf and others are seen enoying breakfast of “chhole bhature”.
As the Congress workers are sitting on a daylong hunger strike against the Modi government and to “promote communal harmony and peace”, some senior party leaders were seen having breakfast at a restaurant before going to the hunger strike venue Rajghat.
BJP leader Harish Khurana tweeted a photo showing Ajay Maken, Arvinder Singh Lovely, Haroon Yusuf and others eating at a restaurant. He claimed that the photo was taken just before these leaders sitting on hunger strike, NDTV reported.
“Congress leaders have called people to join hunger strike at Rajghat, and they are themselves enjoying chhole bhature at a restaurant. They are making fool,” Khurana captioned this photograph.
Interestingly, Arvinder Singh Lovely has reportedly admitted of eating the breakfast. He said the hunger strike was a symbolic only. Lovely said that the photo had been taken before 8 am. He added that it was a symbolic fast from 10:30 am to 04:30 pm, and not an indefinite hunger strike.
“Photograph is of before 8 am, this is symbolic fast from 10.30 am to 4.30pm, it is not indefinite hunger strike. This is what is wrong with these (BJP) people, instead of properly running the country, they concentrate on what we eat,” he said.
The Congress, led by its president Rahul Gandhi is holding a pan-India “fast” to protest the non-functioning of Parliament and what it terms “dilution” of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
The party workers have been asked to hold a day-long fast at their state and district headquarters to promote communal harmony and peace and to protest against the Modi government.