New Delhi, Apr 12: Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with other Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders are observing a day-long fast on Thursday to protest against the alleged disruptions by the Congress in Parliament, that led to a complete washout of the second part of Budget session. BJP chief Amit Shah will sit on the fast at Hubli in poll-bound Karnataka today. Stay with India.com for minute-by-minute updates on BJP’s day-long fast.
Addressing party MPs through an audio conference call ahead of the protest on Wednesday, Modi said the BJP leaders and its workers will observe the fast tomorrow to “expose” those handful of people who “throttled” democracy by stalling Parliament proceedings during the budget session.
Apart from PM Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu will also observe the fast in Delhi.
On the other hand, Union Health Minister JP Nadda will be in Modi’s constituency Varanasi, while Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad will travel to Patna for the fast. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will observe the fast in Chennai, Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javdekar in Benguluru, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Vijay Goel in Tamil Nadu and Minister of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar in Vidisha, Madhya Pradesh. Tourism Minister KJ Alphons will observe the fast in Kerala.
The ruling BJP has blamed the opposition, led by the Congress party, for the washout of the budget session. The session was the worst in terms of productivity in about a decade. Last week, while speaking at the BJP’s parliamentary party meeting, Modi had accused the Opposition, particularly the Congress, of practising divisive politics and stalling Parliament.
BJP’s fast comes a few days after Congress’s nation-wide fast led by party President Rahul Gandhi for communal harmony.