Modi, BJP leaders observe fast over washout of Parliament session

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday observed a fast while on work along with BJP MPs, against the Congress even as party chief Amit Shah hit out at the Opposition party for indulging in "politics of disruption and instability".

Modi flew to Tamil Nadu to participate in several events, including inauguration of the Defence Expo. While he returned to Delhi at 5.30 pm, sources said he kept a fast during his work.

Modi, his ministerial colleagues and party MPs and office-bearers observed a fast to protest the washout of the second phase of Parliament's Budget Session. Modi had announced on April 6, the last day of the Budget Session, that all BJP MPs would sit on a fast to protest against the washout of the session.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh also kept his fast while on work. Ministers like Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Piyush Goyal travelled outside Delhi to participate in the protests. While Shah joined a protest in Hubbali, Health Minister J P Nadda travelled to Modi's constituency Varanasi, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Minister of State for Rural Development Minister Ram Kripal Yadav went to Patna and Digha in Bihar respectively. HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar was in Bengaluru while Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman was in Tamil Nadu.

Congress mocked BJP's fast and posted pictures of the minute-to-minute programmes of Modi and Shah, which had time-slots for breakfast and lunch.

Shah also released a blog in which he targeted the Congress saying, "people should know that those sent by them to Parliament as their representatives are working to obstruct the government's development works instead of working in their interests."

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