New Delhi, April 11: Holding the Opposition solely responsible for not letting Parliament function this session, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday that “those 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.” Modi was referring to the day-long fast that the BJP would be holding in protest on April 12, Thursday.
Modi was speaking at the inauguration of the 16th International Energy Forum Ministerial here. The BJP had announced that the party will observe a day-long fast in protest against the complete washout of a session of Parliament. All party MPs are likely to participate in the fast while the party president, Amit Shah, would do so in poll-bound Karnataka. The BJP holds the Opposition solely responsible for the least productive of all Parliament sessions since 2000. In the session, 250 working hrs were wasted because of constant disruptions. In all, the Lok Sabha spent just 1 percent of its allotted time in legislative work while the Rajya Sabha spent 6 percent of its time in work.
The disruptions ranged from the TDP and YSRCP demanding special category status for Andhra Pradesh to protest over the alleged “dilution” of the SC/ST Act. In fact, the no-confidence motion proposed by the Opposition could also not be taken up.
Meanwhile, the BJP fast also comes in the wake of a symbolic fast that the Congress had called for a couple of days ago. The Congress gave the call for the fast in protest against the rising cases of communal violence. However, the Opposition party was left with egg on the face after photos of its senior leaders eating Chhole Bhature just before joining the fast went viral. Led by party president Rahul Gandhi, Congress leaders sat at Rajghat for several hours. Those who joined Rahul included Sheila Dikshit, Mallikarjun Kharge, Kamal Nath, Ajay Maken, Ashok Gehlot, and Randeep Surjewala.