New Delhi: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi ended his three-day long Sadbhavna fast on Monday.

Many top BJP leaders made an appearance at the venue and lent their support to the 'Sadbhavana mission' aimed at promoting “peace, harmony and unity” across the state of Gujarat.

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Among the most prominent BJP leaders, who visited the Gujarat University Convention Centre on the third day of the fast include Sushma Swaraj, former BJP president Venkaiah Naidu, party MP and actor Hema Malini, national spokesperson Nirmala Sitaraman and Maharashtra Navnirman Seva (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray.

Modi’s high-profile three-day fast was countered by his Congress rival and Modi's one-time RSS colleague Shankarsinh Vaghela.

Political observers see Modi’s fast as an image-makeover for him for a bigger role at the national level.

Flanked by top BJP leaders, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday had cited the achievements of his 10-year reign as he launched his three-day 'sadbhavna' fast for peace, unity and harmony.

Earlier in the day, Modi and people at the venue observed a minute of silence for the victims of the earthquake that hit Sikkim and several areas in the eastern and northern parts of the country on Sunday.

State transport buses from across Gujarat are bringing people from all walks of life at the fast site and they were seen carrying banners with slogans supporting Modi's fast.

After this incident of baton-charging by police on the crowd that had come to visit the CM, Gujarat Revenue Minister and close aide of Modi, Anandi Patel has taken on the task of supervising the security arrangements at the entrance gate.

Patel was seen at the main entrance, instructing police officers and discussing security arrangements with them.

"Monday is the concluding day of Modi's three-day long fast and a huge crowd is expected, besides VIP dignitaries from across the country," a BJP member said.

Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) health department staff was also seen sprinkling gamaczine powder at the venue and outside it.

Meanwhile, a group of social activists and artistes, including Mahesh Bhatt and Prashant Bhushan, condemned the detention of Gujarat riot victims who were protesting against the fast of the state's Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

"We believe that curbing people's right to peacefully protest is a suppression of democracy and condemn this unjust action by the Gujarat State Government," the activists said in a statement here.

The signatories of the statement include filmmaker Bhatt, lawyer Bhushan, theatre personality Arvind Gaur and activists Arvind Kejriwal, Arundhati Dhuru, Sandeep Pandey and Shazia Ilmi.

They termed the detention as undemocratic.

On Sunday, Gujarat Police detained more than 50 activists and riot victims including Mallika Sarabhai, Mukul Sinha, Shamshad Pathan and others at Naroda Patiya preventing them from holding a silent protest against Modi's 'Sadbhawna' fast.

(JPN/Agencies)