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'Symbolic' fast: Photo of Congress leaders eating chole bhature goes viral

The Congress party on Monday held a nationwide fast against caste violence and communalism

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There was further embarrassment in store for the amidst the nationwide fast party workers organised on Monday. Some leaders of the Congress' Delhi unit were photographed eating chholebhature at a famous restaurant before joining president at Rajghat, the New Delhi venue for the protest. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) tweeted the photograph of Delhi leaders Haroon Yusuf, and enjoying the food. The same leaders had earlier said the fast was “symbolic”. The however, asked the if it was trying to take attention away from the alleged custodial death of a man who was protesting the alleged rape of his daughter by a legislator in

Off the dais

The Congress party on Monday held a nationwide fast against caste violence and commmunalism. In Delhi, Congress president was to lead the fast at Rajghat. However, Gandhi stayed away from the dais as long as senior leaders Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler — who have faced court cases for their alleged involvement in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots — sat there. Delhi Congress chief urged the two to leave the dais. While Kumar left the venue, Tytler sat among the party workers.

Lack of sporting spirit

Congress leader on Sunday tweeted an email from the office of the minister of state for Information and Broadcasting, Rajyavardhan Rathore. The email purportedly asked sports federations to provide details of medals won by Indian athletes in international sporting events in the last four years. The minister also sought to know if a comparison can be made with medals won during the Congress-led UPA's time. “Isn’t this blatant politicisation of sports?” Tewari asked. Tewari, Rathore's predecessor at the ministry, said: “Sportsperson win medals for India not (NDA/BJP) or UPA! Very shameful.”

First Published: Mon, April 09 2018. 21:44 IST