'Our fast will last two hours longer than Modi's fast'
In a counter-move against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's proposed fast, the state Congress, under the leadership of Shankarsinh Vaghela, has announced a parallel fast at the same time.
"Shankarsinh Vaghela will lead and other Congress leaders will also join him in the fast against Modi. It will start from September 17 at Sabarmati Ashram," sources in Gujarat Congress said.
To 'out-fast' Modi, Congress leaders' fast will last "two hours longer" than his.
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Image: Gujarat Congress leader Shankarsinh Vaghela
'Modi has no right to speak about goodwill'
Buoyed by the Supreme Court's ruling in Gulberg Society riot case, Modi had on Tuesday announced he would undertake a three-day fast for peace, harmony and unity in the state.
Modi said his fast would be a part of a `Sadbhavna (goodwill) Mission'.
"Looking at his track record, Modi has no right to speak of Sadbhavna. We will expose him through our fast," a senior Congress leader said.
"The main issue this time is corruption of Modi government and to divert attention of the people from the issue, Modi has undertaken this fast. But we will bring the focus back to corruption in his administration as an issue in our fast," a Congress leader said.
Image: Modi had on Tuesday announced he would undertake a three-day fast for peace, harmony and unity in Gujarat
Age-old rivalry comes back to the fore
Political rivalry between Modi and Vaghela dates back to the time when both of them were in Bharatiya Janata Party.
Vaghela left BJP and formed his own party called Rashtriya Janata Party in 1996. He later joined Congress.
After his defeat in 2009 Lok Sabha elections to BJP candidate from Godhra seat, Vaghela was sidelined in Congress.
However, he was appointed as head of the party's campaign committee for Gujarat elections on September 2, after which he announced that he would fight Modi tooth and nail in the state elections scheduled in December 2012.
Image: Political rivalry between Modi and Vaghela dates back to the time when both of them were in BJP