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Earlier, Congress President Rahul Gandhi said that the BJP government is trying to diminish the SC/ST Act and reservation. "It will come when we win Odisha, West Bengal and return to power in 2019 with an absolute majority under Narendra Modi and in Maharashtra, under (Chief Minister) Devendra Fadnavis", the BJP chief added.

The Congress will observe a nationwide fast on April 9 to protect and promote communal harmony between different sections of society and expose the failure of the NDA Government at the Centre and the state governments ruled by the BJP to protect the Dalit community.

The Congress and the BJP are both campaigning hard ahead of next month's Assembly election in Karnataka.

Pegging his confidence on Opposition unity, he said far from the BJP winning the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, even PM Modi might lose from Varanasi if Congress, SP and BSP were united against him.

Asked by reporters after the rally if the BJP was taking Mr Gandhi seriously as an opposition leader, Shah said, "Rahul is the Congress president now, so we will talk about him". "It's odd but true that the BJP president is campaigning for Congress", he quipped.

Hailing the CM for taking such a strong step towards the betterment of sanitation workers, Gandhi said, "Now, when we get the government in Delhi, we will learn from the Karnataka government because the person doing the most hard work should be rewarded the most. We will take over Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, and Chattisgarh".

"Rahul baba is asking us what has the Modi government done in four years, but the people of the country are seeking a report of development from four generations of his family", he said. Stating that Mr Modi had a "very good" opportunity after the 2014 election, Mr Gandhi said a lot could have been done for the country. "Everybody can see that, you can hear it in his speeches", he said.

Responding to a question, he blamed "mentality" for Mr Modi and BJP losing track.

He said the Karnataka polls were a fight against an ideology that wanted to destroy the culture of Bengaluru. Sharing his experience in Gujarat, he said those raising "Modi Modi" slogans were nice to him when he met them and claimed they were "paid" for their sloganeering. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability, and data of the text.