New Delhi, Apr 10: The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has intensified its protest against frequent disruptions in Parliament as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah have decided to observe a one-day fast over the issue on April 12. All BJP MPs will also fast in solidarity with their leaders.
The move comes days after the NDA MPs announced that they would forgo their salaries of 22 days as no parliamentary business could be conducted allegedly due to protests by the Opposition.
The entire 22 days of the second part of Parliament’s Monsoon session was washed out as no significant work could be carried out due to disruptions. The 22-days-long session ended last Friday. The crucial Finance Bill was passed without any discussion. Also, a no-confidence motion against the government moved by the YSRCP and the TDP couldn’t be moved in Lok Sabha.
The BJP and the Congress have blamed each other for the logjam in Parliament.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar recently said that the Congress’ politics would affect them in elections.
“We have not been able to debate and pass important bills in Parliament for the last 21 days. The Congress disrupted the proceedings in both the Houses. Since no business has been transacted, we have decided to forego our salary and allowances for 23 days,” Kumar had told reporters.
Congress leaders had said that the onus of running the House smoothly was the government’s responsibility and the government didn’t reach out to the Opposition.