Parliament washout: PM Modi, Shah, BJP leaders to observe fast on Thursday

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A day after announcing his decision to hold a day-long fast to protest against the logjam in Parliament, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today urged the BJP MPs to join him in the protest against the "enemies of democracy". This 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 BJP has blamed the Congress and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi for the disruptions that meant that the budget session of parliament was a lost cause.

As decided by the BJP's parliamentary party on the last day of the Budget session last week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, along with party president Amit Shah and all party MPs, will undertake a day-long fast on Thursday to protest against the impasse in Parliament. They (BJP) should tender an apology to the Dalits, ' Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala told ANI. Almost 250 Parliament hours were wasted due to the disruptions, at an expense of Rs 9 crore per day. "The Lok Sabha, where the BJP has a majority, functioned for only one percent of its time and the Rajya Sabha functioned for six percent of its time".

"The Prime Minister will work in his office but will not eat", NDTV quoted a BJP leader saying. The fast should be to seek an apology from the children whose lives have been jeopardised due to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Staff Selection Commission (SSC) scams. Attempts are being made to make the movement of this fasting act universal, as hashtag Fast with Modi began to trend quite early in the morning, with people being asked to change their display picture to a note, that said, "I am on Fat on 12th April".

He added that the BJP should also apologise to the country for not revealing the details of the Rafale deal and thereby, compromising on issues of national security.