PM Modi to observe a day-long fast on April 12

Hannah Rogers
April 12, 2018

Besides Modi, Home minister Rajnath Singh, Petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Commerce minister Suresh Prabhu will observe the fast here.

Sources had yesterday said that while observing the fast, he will not disturb his daily official routine. The day-long fast will be observed to protest the deadlock in Parliament, for which he blamed the Congress.

"Prime Minister Narendra Modi will observe a day-long fast on 12 April but he will continue with his official engagements".

The Prime Minister announced that he would be fasting on Thursday in protest against the disruption of the Parliament's budget session by the opposition.

Amit Shah will observe a hunger strike in Hubli in poll-bound Karnataka, while party MPs will fast in their constituencies.

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Both Houses saw repeated adjournments since the second leg of the Budget Session reconvened on 5 March over several issues. "I will be fasting".

PM Modi further said that India needs energy which is accessible and affordable to the poor. "Fasting is not going to stop him from coming here", Sitharaman said, after opening the DefExpo 2018 that showcases India's capability to manufacture arms and weapons platform systems.

On Friday, Modi had accused Congress of resorting to divisive politics and announced BJP's hunger strike as a protest. "Instead of scouting for photo opportunity under the pretext of fast, Modi should prepare for sanyas (retirement) and if it fails to rise above false promises, then be prepared for exile", Surjewala said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has alleged that opposition parties were creating hurdles for the NDA while it was working for the upliftment of financially weaker sections. The development comes a day after Congress chief Rahul Gandhi lead a similar protest against the BJP-led government at the Centre to promote peace and communal harmony.

Congress leader Jairam Ramesh had on Saturday (April 7) written to Vice President and Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu, urging the latter to convene a special two-week session in May-June to make up for time lost during the Budget Session, which was marred by disruptions.

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