Led by Modi, BJP holds day-long fast against Opposition

SansadTV Bureau
New Delhi: File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Parliament, House. PTI

New Delhi: File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Parliament, House.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lead BJP’s day-long fast on Thursday held to protest opposition-led disruptions in the recently concluded Parliament session. While Modi will be observing a day-long fast, top BJP leaders and union ministers will fan out across the country for a similar protest.

BJP president Amit Shah will hold a sit-in at Hubli in poll-bound Karnataka, while Delhi BJP MPs are on fast from 10 am to 4 pm.

Whereas, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu will observe the fast in Delhi.

Union Health Minister P Nadda will be in Modi’s constituency Varanasi, while Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad will travel to Patna for the protest fast.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will observe the fast in Chennai, Union HRD 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.

The congress party has termed the BJP’s fast a “farce”.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday took a swipe at BJP’s proposed hunger strike, asking if Narendra Modi would observe a fast on the Unnao incident.

“The barbarism inflicted on a father seeking justice for his daughter in Uttar Pradesh has shamed humanity. Hope the prime minister will soon observe a fast over atrocities against women, failed law and order and increasing anarchy under the BJP’s watch,” Gandhi said on Twitter.

The announcement of the protest fast was announced by the Prime Minister on the last day of the Budget session last week Friday. The second leg of the Budget session saw repeated disruptions in both the house over the issue of PNB fraud, Supreme Court’s ruling on the SC/ST Atrocities Act, Cauvery dispute and Andhra Pradesh special status.

The Prime Minister had especially accused the Congress party for impasse in the Parliament besides accusing the collective opposition of resorting to divisive politics.

Besides the fast on Wednesday, BJP MPs and other leaders will spend a night between April 14 and May 5 in over 20,844 villages to spread the message of government work.