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Modi, Shah lead BJP's 'save democracy' fast, Congress mocks it (Roundup)

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and on Thursday led their party MPs across the country for a 'save democracy fast and protest' against the washout of the second part of Parliament's Budget Session, which they blamed on the

During the "Loktantra Bachao Upvaas and Dharna" that begun at 10 a.m. and ended at 5 p.m., the continued with his routine official work, including inaugurating the 10th edition of Defence Expo at Tiruvidanthai near Chennai. He, however, did not join any of the party programmes.

"They (opposition) killed democracy and we will observe the fast to bring their crime in front of world. I will also hold fast. But I will continue my work," a statement quoted Modi as saying on Wednesday.

Shah undertook the party's programme in Dharwad in while party's Lok Sabha MPs observed fast at their respective constituencies. He was joined by the B.S. Yeddyurappa, MPs and and the party's state leader, Jagadish Shettar, among others.

Union Ministers Prakash Javadekar, Ananth Kumar, D.V. Sadananda Gowda and other workers observed the protest fast in Bengaluru.

Maharashtra along with party MPs, MLAs, MLCs and others sat on a day-long fast across the state.

Fadnavis, along with Mumbai BJP Ashish Shelar, Poonam Mahajan, and launched the fast at the party office in Vile Parle.

started a hunger strike at the government hostel in adjoining Thane along with a large number of supporters and party activists.

joined the fast in Modi's parliamentary constituency Other BJP Rajya Sabha MPs joined the protest in various states.

Addressing a gathering in Dharwad, Shah lambasted the Congress, saying a party which lacks "internal democracy" cannot protect democracy in the country.

Accusing the and its of promoting "divisive politics" in the name of caste and religion, he said the people of will see through their tactics and give them a befitting reply in the upcoming polls.

He said the government was ready to discuss all issues, including the fraud and special status demand for Andhra Pradesh, but it was the that used the smaller parties to disrupt the proceedings.

"We were even ready to discuss the Not a single BJP leader or minister is involved. But if a list of corrupt Congress leaders was to be drawn, the entire party could be found in the roll call," he said.

"Post-independence if there was any government that carried out the maximum developmental work in Andhra Pradesh, it was the Narendra Modi-led NDA government.

"Modi ji, (Sumitra Mahajan) and (Rajya Sabha) (M. Venkaiah Naidu) tried their best to persuade the opposition to allow the Budget session to be fruitful, but all went in vein.

"The Congress cannot save democracy in the country as it has no internal democracy," Shah said.

Later, in a blog, Shah repeated the charge against the Congress, saying the country was not going to forgive it for disrupting parliamentary proceedings.

The Congress attacked Modi and Shah for observing a "fake fast" and termed it as "PM's fast of atonement".

It put out the (BJP) leaders' schedule for the day mentioning breakfast and lunch timings on

Congress said: "Mr. Prime Minister, best wishes for your fast."

He attached Modi's in Tamil Nadu, that showed that the would be having his breakfast on board a IAF BBJ at 6.40 a.m.

The opposition party said that after his departure from Chennai at 2.25 p.m, he will have lunch on board.

The Congress challenged the Prime Minister to prove him otherwise. "Now, tell us that this is a lie."

"Now, 'jumla' fast gets over in an hour and feast after that. Good wishes for your fake fast," he added.

He also attached Shah's public programmes in Karnataka, mentioning Shah will have lunch with farmers at 1.30 p.m in Rona Taluk village in Gadag.



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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 21:16 IST