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  • 11:02 AM IST

    BJP Fast Live Updates: PM Narendra Modi, who is on a day-long fast against washout of second term of Budget session of Parliament, inaugurated the Defence Expo 2018 in Mahabalipuram on Thursday.

  • 10:20 AM IST
    BJP Fast Live Updates: PM Narendra Modi, who is on a day-long fast against washout of second term of Budget session of Parliament, is at the venue of Defence Expo 2018 in Mahabalipuram.

  • 9:54 AM IST
    BJP Fast Live Updates: Ahead of PM Modi’s visit to Chennai, protests were reported near the airport in Alandur area. Thamizhaga Vazhvurimai Katchi leader Velmurugan and other protesters were detained.

  • 9:43 AM IST

    BJP Fast Live Updates: PM Narendra Modi, who is on a day-long fast today, arrived in Chennai. He will be addressing Defence Expo later today.

  • 8:47 AM IST

    BJP Fast Live Updates: The BJP has reportedly asked its leaders to clear food vendors from the area where they are fasting. The party has also advised them not to click selfies, a report says. The instructions have been issued after a photo tweeted by BJP leader and spokesperson Harish Khurana, which saw Delhi Congress leaders eating before the party’s nationwide fast, had recently gone viral.

  • 8:33 AM IST

    BJP Fast Live Updates: On Wednesday, the PMO clarified upon PM Modi’s plan for day on April 12. The statement said, “The current tour program has no breakfast or lunch on board.”

  • 8:29 AM IST

    BJP Fast Live Updates: PM Narendra Modi will fast while travelling today. He will be visiting Chennai where will unveil the plaque inaugurating the diamond jubilee building, palliative care centre (Mahvir Ashray) at Sriperumbudur, Daycare center and nurses quarter at the Adyar Cancer Institute.

  • 8:12 AM IST

    BJP Fast Live Updates: Taking a dig at PM Modi, the Congress earlier said that Narendra Modi shouldn’t fast, should retire instead. Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala called the fast a photo opportunity.

  • 8:04 AM IST

    BJP Fast Live Updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, under whom the BJP leaders will sit on a day-long blast today, said that he will not let his work hamper during the fast. “Who couldn’t come to power in 2014 (general elections) don’t want the country to move forward. They didn’t let Parliament work for a single day. They killed democracy and we will observe fast to bring their crime in front of the world. I will also hold fast but I will continue my work,” he said at a function on Wednesday.

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 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.