After Parliament logjam, BJP announces nationwide fast on April 12

Apr 07, 2018, 01:21
After Parliament logjam, BJP announces nationwide fast on April 12

Both the BJP and the Congress have chose to go on a fast accusing each other of dragging politics and parliamentary proceedings to a new a low.

BJP MPs would observe a one-day fast all over the country in their constituencies.

The Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday announced a nationwide fast on April 12, hours after the Budget Session of Parliament adjourned indefinitely.

The Congress has claimed that it was the government that was responsible for not letting Parliament function and termed as a "gimmick" and "drama" the move by NDA MPs to forgo their salary for 23 days when Parliament did not function.

Briefing reporters on the parliamentary party meeting, Union minister Ananth Kumar quoted the prime minister as saying that while the BJP's strength has been rising, the opposition, especially the Congress, has resorted to "divisive and negative" politics. "He (Kumar) even accused Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi for the disruption in the House by naming them". The party said it was protesting against the way the government handled the Bharat Bandh called by SC/ST groups on April 2 over the Supreme Court judgment. While the BJP has been working to unite society, the opposition wants to divide it, he said.

The prime minister then told his party's MPs to reach out to villages with substantial Dalit and tribal population through implementation of his government's seven key welfare schemes. The ruckus helped the treasury benches avoid the no-trust motion.With Monday's massive Dalit agitation in the North and Central India dominating the political discourse, Modi also tasked the party MPs with spending a night each in the villages of the scheduled castes and scheduled tribes between April 14 and May 5. It has risen due to its work for the nation's development. On the other hand, the opposition parties are complaining that they are not being let to raise the issue matter to them.

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