New Delhi: In an unusual action, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will observe a day-long fast on April 12 to protest against the washout of the second part of Parliament’s budget session due to continuous disruptions, which the BJP blamed on the Congress.
While BJP President Amit Shah will observe a hunger strike in Hubli in Karnataka, party MPs will fast in their constituencies.
“The Prime Minister will observe a fast even while engaged in his official duty and official engagements,” BJP spokesperson G.V.L. Narsimha Rao told IANS.
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.
The opposition Congress termed the fast by the Prime Minister as a “farce” and said he should apologise over the way his party had “denigrated and disrespected” parliament.
“They have disrespected and denigrated the highest temple of democracy. So Prime Minister should publicly say that he is sorry that is why he is holding this fast on April 12 to tender this apology to various sections of India’s population,” Congress Communications incharge Randeep Singh Surjewala told reporters.
Earlier on Monday, Congress President Rahul Gandhi led the party’s day-long fast at the Rajghat in Delhi over alleged increasing atrocities on Dalits, adivasis, and minorities and dubbed the Modi government as “anti-Dalit” while vowing to defeat the BJP in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
The fast in Delhi was marked by controversies as 1984 anti-Sikh riots accused Congress leaders Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar were asked to leave the Rajghat before Rahul Gandhi’s arrival. Also, a picture showing some Delhi Congress leaders eating “chole bhature” at a restaurant before the protest — also held at district headquarters by party leaders across the country to promote harmony in society — went viral on social media. (Agencies)