Ahmedabad: The Congress in Gujarat on Thursday
ridiculed Chief Minister Narendra Modi`s proposed fast for
peace, harmony and unity in the state saying all he wants to
do is to project himself as a "messiah" of the minorities.
"The Gujarat chief minister, interpreting the Supreme
Court order as he has been declared innocent, has announced a
three-day fast. Now, he wants to project himself as a messiah
of minorities by undertaking such a fast and wants to show
that he is their protector," Congress leader Shankarsinh
Vaghela told reporters here.
To counter Modi`s fast from September 17, Vaghela and
GPCC president Arjun Modhvadia have announced a parallel fast
at the same time.
"If there is a justifiable cause for fast by the chief
minister, we can understand it. But he is saying that this
fast is for sadbhavna. But his fast is based on farce,
falsehood and corruption," Vaghela claimed.
"Our fast will be held on the footpath outside
ashram and will be a fast of the common man but the fast of
Modi will be a five star air-conditioned fast as he is
planning to do it in the convention hall of Gujarat
University," he said.
"Through our fast, we will highlight the issues of
corruption under Modi`s rule and if he extends his fast, we
will also do it," he further said.
Modhvadia and other leaders released an open letter
seeking Modi`s answer as to why he is undertaking such a fast.