The Congress party led by Mr Gandhi is observing fast all over the country against what it said was anti-Dalit attitude of the government and for communal harmony.
As Mr Gandhi reached Rajghat, BJP leaders reminded the Congress and its leadership of alleged ill-treatment of Dalit icon Bhim Rao Ambedkar by then party leaders including Jawaharlal Nehru.
“The Congress has been doing politics of appeasement of the Dalits since the times of Nehru ji. Today they are doing a drama to launch party president Rahul Gandhi. The Congress can go to any extent to launch its leader,” Mr Patra said.
Enumerating the government’s programmes for Dalits, he said it reflects the “politics of performance’’ against “politics of luxury”.
Accusing the Congress chief of playing “divisive politics” ahead of the Assembly polls in Karnataka, Mr Patra said Mr Gandhi cannot do away with the atrocities against the Dalits in the election-bound state as it was ruled by the Congress.