Parliament logjam: BJP on Fast to Save Democracy

  • Parliament logjam: BJP on Fast to Save Democracy

Parliament logjam: BJP on Fast to Save Democracy

"The Congress knew very well that it can not debate in any of the House so they did not let the Parliament function".

With Modi set to lead Thursday's protest, the BJP has issued strict rules to its lawmakers, including a ban on eating at public places or being photographed noshing on treats before the fast. He inaugurated the defence exposition in Kanchipuram near Chennai. While many, including Modi and home minister Rajnath Singh, kept to their work while fasting, several ministers, among them Prakash Javadekar, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Piyush Goyal, travelled to different parts of the country to sit on fast and attack the main opposition party. He was joined by the party's state unit chief B.S. Yeddyurappa, MPs Rajeev Chandrasekhar and Pralhad Joshi and the party's state leader, Jagadish Shettar, among others.

Slamming the Congress and opposition parties, Tiwari said: "It is sad that even as politically rejected Congress and other opposition parties stalled the working of Parliament in the budget session".

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.

Shetti said that his party would carry out a campaign between May 1-9 urging distressed farmers not to commit suicide.

Rane was elected to the Rajya Sabha as a BJP candidate last month, while his son Nitesh Rane is a Congress MLA from Kankavli. But the manner in which Congress stalled proceedings in the second half of the Budgets session, will not be forgiven by people, " he said. While the Congress said that the time had come for PM Modi and the BJP to "repent and apologise", the BJP once again reminded the grand old party of the emergency period during former prime minister Indira Gandhi's regime.

The actor-turned-politician, who represents Patna Sahib in the Lok Sabha, also questioned whether the opposition was "entirely responsible" for disruption of proceedings in both houses of the Parliament.

"It is time for the prime minister and the BJP to reflect, repent and apologise to the people of the country instead of engaging in the theatrics of a farcical fast".