New Delhi, Apr 12: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah and other lawmakers of the ruling party will observe a one-day fast on Thursday to protest against alleged disruptions by the Congress in Parliament, which led to a complete washout of the second part of the Budget session. The PM said on Wednesday that “they” killed democracy by not letting Parliament function.
“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 in a function.
All BJP lawmakers will participate in the fast, which includes members of PM Modi’s council of ministers. The PM will fast in the national capital, while Amit Shah will fast in Hubli, Karnataka. Senior ministers Rajnath Singh, Dharmendra Pradhan, Suresh Prabhu will join the PM in Delhi. Health minister JP Nadda will hold a sit-in at PM Modi’s parliamentary constituency, Varanasi. Law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad will observe the fast in Patna. Nirmala Sitharaman will observe the fast in Chennai; Prakash Javdekar in Bengaluru; Vijay Goel in Tamil Nadu and KJ Alphons will fast in Kerala.
Meanwhile, the Congress took a swipe at the PM, saying he shouldn’t fast, he should retire instead. Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said that considering his government’s failures, it was time to retire. He also called the fast a photo opportunity.
Parliament couldn’t function for the entire 22 days of the second part of the Budget session due to the commotion in both Houses. The ruling party MPs and the Opposition staged protests outside Parliament, blaming each other for the logjam. Due to this, the crucial Financial Bill passed without discussion and several other important bills couldn’t be tabled in the House.