PM Modi to observe day-long fast against Parliament disruption

Hannah Rogers
April 13, 2018

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah led their party's day-long fast against the Congress for allegedly causing the disruptions that resulted in a washout of the Parliament's recently concluded budget session.

Shah undertook the party's programme in Dharwad in Karnataka while party's Lok Sabha MPs observed fast at their respective constituencies.

Tendulkar, also a Rajya Sabha MP, maintained that the BJP-led government in the State is doing well and reiterated that Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar will probably return to Goa next month. The fast went on from 10 am to 5 pm, but the programme ended at four o'clock in the evening.

Later, in a blog, Shah repeated the charge against the Congress, saying the country was not going to forgive it for disrupting parliamentary proceedings.

Addressing a gathering in Dharwad, Shah lambasted the Congress, saying a party which lacks "internal democracy" can not protect democracy in the country. In a statement, Maharashtra Congress President Ashok Chavan said that the "drama of fasting will not work anymore" as the people are no longer interested in government's false promises.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, who sprung up to political spotlight following his close association with Hazare's movement, has fasted on a number of issues including a two-week fast in 2013 over inflated price of electricity and water bills.

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"The government was ready for discussion on all issues, but the opposition just didn't allow it to happen".

It was clear that Congress members were coming to Parliament for creating ruckus and they would do it the moment its proceedings would begin and then they would do the same outside, Shah said. "It is our responsibility to inform the country that the government was not responsible for the disruption", the BJP leader added.

It also said that after his departure from Chennai at 2.25 p.m, he will have lunch on board.

Launching a counter-attack on Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday accused the grand old party of not letting the country to move forward.

"While we were attending the meeting, the snacks were served to us as a part of the protocol", Tapkir told DNA. However, due to the hectic poll schedule the duo could observe the fast only for an hour before leaving for Hubballi and Gadag districts.

At a time when the rival camp of Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party is showing increasing cohesiveness after the two parties joined hands, Shah questioned why the UP unit of the BJP made headlines for reasons such as upset allies and its five Dalit MPs speaking up against the party.

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