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Modi, Shah lead BJP MPs fast against Parliament disruption

IANS  |  New Delhi 

and along with BJP MPs fasted on Thursday across the country to protest against the washout of the second half of Parliament's Budget session for which the BJP blamed on the

Modi observed the fast even as he continued with his official work, including inaugurating the 10th edition of Defence Expo at Thiruvidanthai near Chennai.

Shah undertook the hunger strike at Dharwad in election-bound along with party's Ministerial candidate and other MPs.

Shah hit out at the for "disrupting" Parliament, saying it happened for the first in independent India's history that the ruling party (BJP) was ready to discuss every issue but the opposition was shying away from discussion.

MPs observed fast in thier constituencies while Rajya Sabha MPs protested at various places.

Nirmala Sitharaman, who was present at the DefExpo, also observed a fast.

In Delhi, all seven BJP MPs -- Harsh Vardhan, who represents Chandani Chowk constituency, East MP Maheish Girri, New MP Meenakshi Lekhi, West MP Pravesh Verma, North West Udit Raj, South and North East -- observed fast, which will end at 5 p.m.

joined them.

Tiwari, also the Delhi BJP President, said he will continue his "indefinite hunger strike" to protest against the continuous neglect of developmental works in his constituency by the

The Budget session started on January 29 and went into a break on February 9. The two houses of Parliament met for the second half of the session on March 5, which concluded on Friday.

While the first half of the session -- January 31 to February 9 -- recorded 134 per cent productivity in the Lok Sabha and 96 per cent in the Rajya Sabha, in the second-half, from March 5 to April 6, the lower house recorded just four per cent productivity and the upper house eight per cent.



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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 14:44 IST