PM Modi, Amit Shah to fast on April 12 against Parliament disruption

Virginia Carson
April 11, 2018

A fasting Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the 10th edition of Defexpo on the outskirts of Chennai on Thursday.

According to sources, the party will also observe the birth anniversary of Jyotiba Phule, a social reformer from backward caste, on April 11 as Samta Divas (equality day).

All BJP MPs will observe the day long fast and Party President Amit Shah will be on a symbolic protest in Hubli in Karnataka.

In a press statement, the BJP has said Modi will hold a day-long fast "to expose the Congress for its undemocratic style of functioning & pursuing divisive politics & anti-development agenda".

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Modi's decision, which may be the first time a Prime Minister is observing a fast, will be part of the Bharatiya Janata Party's day-long hunger strike that day to protest against the disruption of Parliament by the opposition.

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

Amit Shah will sit on "dharna" (demonstration) in Karnataka's Hubballi on April 12, over disruptions during Budget session.

PM Modi, in an address to party lawmakers, said that opposition parties due to their "political arrogance" and "hunger for power" have trampled upon democratic principles by holding Parliament to ransom.

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The country has seen a transparent and decisive government under the able leadership of Modi in last four years, the BJP said.

The Congress also asked Prime Minister Modi to apologise over his party's disrespect to the House.

"In a systematic manner, the Congress which is used to being in power is developing an atmosphere of fear".

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