Now PM Modi & Shah to fast

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Tuesday, 10 April 2018

The BJP had announced last week that all its lawmakers would observe a day's fast against parliament disruptions, but the Prime Minister's participation was confirmed today.

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will work on Thursday but on an empty stomach as he keeps a day's fast along with other lawmakers of the ruling BJP in protest against disruptions in parliament. BJP president Amit Shah will also join the protest, but he will be in Karnataka, where parties are campaigning for polls a month away, the BJP announced on Tuesday.

The BJP has blamed the Congress and Sonia Gandhi for the disruptions that meant that the budget session of parliament was a lost cause.

"The PM will work in his office but will not eat," said a senior BJP leader.

The BJP had announced last week that all its lawmakers would observe a day's fast against parliament disruptions, but the Prime Minister's participation was confirmed today.

The ruling party has accused the Congress of not allowing any debate or discussion in parliament.  The opposition, however, accuses the BJP of getting its allies to raise protests in the house so that two no-confidence motions moved by Andhra Pradesh parties would never come up.

Yesterday, Rahul Gandhi led a Congress fast at Mahatma Gandhi's memorial Rajghat for communal harmony and what the party called the government's failure to control violence during Dalit protests.

Yesterday, Rahul Gandhi led a Congress fast at Mahatma Gandhi's memorial Rajghat for communal harmony and what the party called the government's failure to control violence during Dalit protests.

The BJP mocked the Congress fast, accusing its leaders of gorging on chhole bhature at a popular Delhi restaurant before joining the fast. BJP leaders also tweeted images of Congress leaders like Ajay Maken and Arvinder Singh Lovely at the restaurant.

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