New Delhi, Apr 9: The Congress party will observe a day-long fast today to protect and promote communal harmony across the nation and over other issues. Congress president Rahul Gandhi will lead his party and sit on a fast from 10.30 AM to 4.30 PM in front of VIP Gate, Gandhi Samadhi at Rajghat in the national capital. Congress workers will hold the fast at all state and district headquarters to protest against the Modi government in the wake of the Bharat Bandh protests on April 2 by Dalits over dilution of SC/ST Act. Catch live updates on Congress’s fast for communal harmony here. Also Read - Assam Assembly Election 2021: Congress Releases First Candidate List Full of Fresh Faces

The Congress will also take up the issue of non-functioning of Parliament, the CBSE paper leak, the multi-crore PNB scam, Cauvery water issue and Special Category Status to Andhra Pradesh. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has also announced that its MPs will observe a fast on April 12 to protest the impasse in Parliament for which it blamed the Congress party. An upbeat Rahul on Sunday asserted that a united opposition would defeat the BJP, as well as Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Varanasi, in the 2019 general elections. He made the statement while interacting with media in poll-bound Karnataka. Also Read - 100 Days Or 100 Months: Congress Will Continue To Fight Till Farm Laws Are Rolled Back, Says Priyanka Gandhi

“A united opposition will ensure the defeat of the BJP and prevent Modi from winning again from the Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency in the 2019 parliamentary elections,” Rahul Gandhi said. Hinting at the coming together of the Congress, Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) for 2019, Gandhi said the opposition parties would keep aside their regional aspirations and personal ambitions to jointly bring down the BJP and Modi next year. “Forget the BJP and Modi winning in the next elections. I foresee the ruling NDA coalition collapsing as never before,” he predicted. Also Read - Tamil Nadu Election 2021: DMK-Congress Finalise Seat-sharing Pact. Congress Given 25 Seats, to Fight Kanyakumari By-poll

In the run-up to the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Gandhi said the Congress would not only win in Karnataka but also in Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan were assembly elections are due later this year. “How and from where the BJP will win seats when other opposition and regional parties close ranks and contest jointly against it in the 2019 polls,” he said. Gandhi also ruled out a third front against the Congress and the BJP in the next year’s general elections.

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    Live Updates: The Congress has begun its day-long fast for communal harmony in the country at Rajghat.