Prime Minister Narendra Modi will observe a day-long fast on Thursday with BJP MPs to protest the recent washout of the Budget session of Parliament, while party chief Amit Shah will hold a sit-in at Hubli in poll-bound Karnataka on the same day.
While observing fast, PM Modi will not disturb his daily official routine of meeting people and officials, and clearing files, sources in the know said.
Earlier, while addressing BJP MPs , PM Modi had accused the Opposition, particularly the Congress, of practising divisive politics and said that BJP MPs will observe a fast on 12 April to protest the impasse in Parliament.
All BJP MPs will also observe fast on April 12 in their respective constituencies.
On Monday, Rahul Gandhi-led Congress Party tried to preempt the BJP event by announcing that the party members would observe a fast on 9 April, at Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial Rajghat, against Narendra Modi led government over caste violence, communalism and the non-functioning of Parliament.
However, their day-long fast was embroiled in controversy after the BJP claimed that some of the Congress leaders had ‘chhole bhature’ in a restaurant early Monday morning before sitting on fast at Rajghat in New Delhi.
The day-long fast had also witnessed a controversy when party leaders Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler, both accused in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, arrived at Rajghat. They were asked to not sit on the main stage at the protest venue when Gandhi was about to arrive.