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Modi, Shah to lead BJP’s fast on April 12

New Delhi, April 11: Prime Minister rendra Modi will observe a day-long fast on April 12 along BJP MPs including party President Amit Shah 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. Modi will observe the fast but that would not stop him from continuing routine official work including iugurating 10th edition of Defence Expo in Cheni at Tiruvidanthal, in Kancheepuram district that has been on edge due to protests over Cauvery water issue. Amit Shah will observe a hunger strike in Hubli in poll-bound Kartaka, while party MPs will fast in their constituencies. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman told reporters in Cheni that she would also fast to protest the disruption of Parliament by the opposition during the just-concluded Budget Session. Union Minister Vijay Goel said that he will join the tionwide fast on Thursday morning at Shastri Park here against the divisive politics of Opposition especially the Congress.

Modi’s decision, which may be the first time a Prime Minister is observing a fast, will be part of the Bharatiya Jata Party’s day-long hunger strike that day to protest against the disruption of Parliament by the opposition. “Despite repeated failures in derailing and disrupting the development model of the Prime Minister, the opposition has been constantly disrupting Parliament and not allowing the government to bring important legislations which are aimed at making India a stronger and better tion,” the BJP said in a statement.
Modi, while addressing over 20,000 Swachhagrahis (cleanliness volunteers) at the concluding ceremony of ‘Champaran Satyagraha’ centery celebrations in Motihari on Tuesday, accused the opposition of trying to “divide” the country and creating hurdles “from streets to parliament” in the governments’ efforts to uplift the poor and the downtrodden. Protesting against the parliament disruptions, the BJP had earlier announced that the tiol Democratic Alliance MPs would forego salaries along with allowances for 23 days due to the washout of the second half of the budget session. (IANS)