New Delhi, Apr 9: The Congress will hold a day-long fast at all state and district headquarters today to expose the BJP’s “lies” on various issues. The party made the announcement in this connection on Friday after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a fast by BJP MPs on April 12 to protest the impasse in Parliament for which he blamed the opposition party.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) President Ajay Maken and other senior leaders will sit on a day-long fast on Monday from 10.30 AM to 4.30 PM in front of VIP Gate, Gandhi Samadhi, Rajghat to protect and promote communal harmony across the nation. (ALSO READ – PM Modi May Lose Varanasi in 2019 Against United Opposition: Rahul Gandhi)

The Congress will also take up issues related to alleged dilution of the SC/ST Act, farm distress and disillusionment among the youth.

Hitting back at the BJP on Friday, the Congress had said that it was the government which was responsible for not letting Parliament function and termed as a “gimmick” and “drama” the move by NDA MPs to forgo their salary for 23 days when Parliament did not function.

Addressing a joint press conference, Congress leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and party’s senior spokesperson Anand Sharma said their party MPs had met the Rajya Sabha chairman requesting him that house should not be prorogued so that it can be reconvened for two more weeks to discuss issues of national importance as they could not be taken up due to disruptions.

Kharge also accused the BJP and RSS of spreading hatred in society through their “divisive” agenda. “The Congress “will expose it” and their chief Rahul Gandhi has appealed to the public to maintain peace and harmony in society,” he said.

Kharge also alleged that it was the government and its allies which were disrupting the Lok Sabha and questioned why members causing disturbance were not suspended and the no-confidence motions taken up for discussion.

(Inputs from PTI)