In a veiled attack on the Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the fast which he is holding on Thursday is aimed at protesting against those who "killed democracy" by disrupting Parliament.
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As per the schedule prepared by the BJP for observing the fast across the country, Union Health Minister JP Nadda will be in Modi's constituency Varanasi, while Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad will travel to Patna for it, said party leaders. "I will be fasting".
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Now, Modi has also accused the opposition, especially Congress, of practicing divisive politics and causing chaos.
"They (opposition) are creating hurdles in the work of the government from the streets to Parliament". The development comes a day after Congress chief Rahul Gandhi lead a similar protest against the BJP-led government at the Centre to promote peace and communal harmony.
Modi's remarks came in the wake of recent disruption of Parliamentary proceedings by Opposition parties over issues like dilution of SC/ST Act and their support to the "Bharat Bandh" recently called by Dalit and tribal organisations, which resulted in violence in several parts of the country. Modi said the sanitation and cleanliness drive of his government was a people's movement and it was the largest such campaign in any country. The day-long fast will be observed to protest the deadlock in Parliament, for which he blamed the Congress.
The budget session of Parliament started on January 29 and went into a break on February 9. Just two out of eight planned bills were introduced.