Vijay Rupani, other BJP leaders observe fast in Gujarat over Parliament washout

Vijay Rupani, other BJP leaders observe fast in Gujarat over Parliament washout

BJP President Amit Shah on Thursday lashed out against the Congress and opposition parties for disrupting Parliament holding them responsible for loss of Rs 333 crore worth working hours during the just-concluded second half of the Budget session. He inaugurated the defence exposition in Kanchipuram near Chennai. He, however, did not join any of the party programmes.

Stating that CPM would not oppose the formation of third front, he said that they would not take part in the front since the experiments of the third fronts along with regional parties had failed in the past.

"Organizing fasts is symbolic in nature and holds a lot of importance with respect to what the issue at hand is".

While party president is observing fast in poll-bound Karnataka, Union Health Minister J P Nadda is doing the same in PM Modi's Lok Sabha constituency of Varanasi.

Shah observed the hunger strike in Dharwad, Karnataka, along with his party's chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa and other MPs.

The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, is on fast today, and has urged the lawmakers of the country to support him in this movement. The BJP alleged that the Congress did not allow parliament to function, initially on account of the bank scams.

Fadnavis, along with Mumbai BJP chief Ashish Shelar, MP Poonam Mahajan, actor-turned-MP Paresh Rawal and legislator Parag Alvani launched the fast at the party office in Vile Parle.

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This month several political parties have also resorted to hunger strikes over various demands from the central government.

Health minister JP Nadda travelled to Modi's constituency Varanasi, while law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and minister of state for rural development minister Ram Kripal Yadav were in Patna and Digha in Bihar respectively to sit on a fast.

"Congress can not save democracy in the country as it has no internal democracy", Shah said. They had nothing to do with people's welfare.

"We said we are ready to even discuss the no-confidence motion (if it was brought), because their no-confidence could not have done anything as the people of this country have confidence in Narendra Modi", he said. "It is our responsibility to inform the country that the government was not responsible for the disruption", the BJP leader added.

Nitesh Rane, though critical of Congress leadership, has not quit the party yet. Vinay Tendulkar is the lone Rajya Sabha MP from the state.

"The Congress can not save democracy in the country as it has no internal democracy", Shah said. The Congress had earlier on April 9 organised a fast against the disruptions in Parliament and for promoting peace and communal harmony in the country.

It put out the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders' schedule for the day mentioning breakfast and lunch timings on Twitter. In a statement, Maharashtra Congress President Ashok Chavan said that the "drama of fasting will not work anymore" as the people are no longer interested in government's false promises.

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