Modi To Go On Hunger Protest

Modi To Go On Hunger Protest

"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. The BJP didn't allow the parliament, the temple of democracy, to function when they were in the opposition and neither are they allowing it to function now when they are in power. Congress tried to preempt the BJP by observing "fast" on Monday.

In a veiled attack on the Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the fast which he is holding on Thursday is aimed at protesting against those who "killed democracy" by disrupting Parliament.

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In a statement, the BJP said that Prime Minister Modi along with all the party MPs will observe fast on April 12, to reveal the "undemocratic and anti-development face of the Congress party, which stalled the proceedings of parliament during budget session". BJP chief Amit Shah will hold "dharna" on the same day in Hubli, Karnataka. Modi said the sanitation and cleanliness drive of his government was a people's movement and it was the largest such campaign in any country. Health minister JP Nadda will hold a sit-in at PM Modi's parliamentary constituency, Varanasi. While Home Minister Rajnath Singh will fast in Lucknow, Roads and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari will fast in Nagpur. Union defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman will observe the fast in Chennai while Union minister Thawerchand Gehlot will be in Indore at the time of the protest.

Modi and BJP's move is a protest over disruptions during the budget sessions in the Parliament by the opposition parties, especially Congress.

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"Around 26 lakh toilets were constructed in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha and Jammu and Kashmir in the past week, which was observed as Swachhagraha week", the prime minister said.

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.

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Both Houses saw repeated adjournments since the second leg of the Budget Session reconvened on 5 March over several issues. Modi also lauded government officials, including IAS officers, for doing excellent work on the sanitation front.

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