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Maharashtra BJP MLAs caught on tape 'snacking' during fast

IANS  |  Pune (Maharashtra) 

There were red faces in the BJP after two of its legislators were found snacking on sandwiches and chips as the party leaders and cadres led by observed a day's fast across on Thursday.

The development came three days after the lampooned the when some of its leaders were seen eating out at a restaurant prior to its fast on Monday.

Two BJP legislators -- and Sanjay Bhegade alias Bala -- were filmed while 'breaking' their fast mid-way during an official meeting convened in the by

A video clipping of the two chomping on sandwiches and chips went viral on the and was broadcast by television channels, even as embarrassed state BJP leaders kept mum.

In a statement, Maharashtra said that the "drama of fasting will not work anymore" as the people are no longer interested in government's false promises.

"In Pune, the BJP leaders were seen enjoying snacks in the middle of the fast... elaborate arrangements were made for serving snacks before launching the 'fast' and after completing it. This 'fast' is just a farce," Chavan said dismissively during a

"If somebody eats three hours before a fast, BJP finds it objectionable, but it is okay for them if they eat during the fast. The reason behind today's fasting programme is bogus, the sentiments are bogus and the fast itself is bogus," said state

Incidentally, it is not clear how the video clip of the BJP legislators enjoying the snack during the fast came into the public domain as the party had issued strict instructions against any publicity stunts on networks.

The call for a day-long fast by the BJP leaders led by was given to protest the washout of the second half of parliament's budget session.

The BJP alleged that the Congress did not allow parliament to function, initially on account of the Thereafter, the YSR Congress and created hurdles on the issue of special status for and moved no-confidence motions against the government.



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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 20:24 IST