On April 09, the Indian National Congress will observe a nation-wide fast to 'protect and promote communal harmony across the nation'. The whole event will follow against the violence in protest during the Bharat Band. The protest took place on April 2 to protest against the charges in the SC/ST Act. Incidents of violence, vandalism, and arson were reported from Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh. People took to streets protesting against the March 20 order of the Supreme Court that they believed 'diluted' certain provisions of the act.
The SC has said that there will be no stay on the March 20 verdict. The apex court has allegedly 'diluted' the provisions of the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act. Hearing the review petition by the centre, the apex court cited that its March 20 verdict was not against the SC/ST Act. They further added that the order which 'diluted' the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act was aimed at ensuring that innocents are not punished. The government had filed a review petition against the Supreme Court judgment over the SC/ST Act on Monday, the day 'Bharat Bandh' protest witnessed widespread mayhem and chaos.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah had targeted the opposition, holding them responsible for the 10 deaths. “When we announced that we will file a review petition, then why did Congress and other opposition parties call for Bharat Bandh? The opposition is responsible for 10 lives lost during the protest,” said Amit Shah.