BJP observes fast to protest Parliament washout

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The BJP also observed a fast near Gandhi statue to protest against the violence.

Taking a dig at the Congress for its disruptive and divisive politics, Mathur said after 70 years of Independence the Prime M had to observe fast to bring sanity in the opposition which are hell bent to divide the nation.

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

While the BJP organised the fast in a bid to corner the Congress, the main opposition party took on the PM for his "silence" over the Unnao rape case and said he was "not serious" about the crimes committed against women across the country. Instead of holding a discussion within the house, it has taken up the task of hampering the work.

"Chief minister Mamata Banerjee should first try to control her party".

Congress leader Jairam Ramesh had on Saturday (April 7) written to Vice President and Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu, urging the latter to convene a special two-week session in May-June to make up for time lost during the Budget Session, which was marred by disruptions.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday addressed BJP MPs and MLAs through teleconferencing and asked them to "expose the undemocratic and arrogant" Congress and popularise the welfare schemes of the government.

Law and order and the Dalit agitation in the state along with the alliance of the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party also came up during the deliberations.

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

Accusing the Modi government of denigrating Parliament by obstructing its functioning when it was in opposition till May 2014, Surjewala said the BJP should apologise for engineering disruptions and dishonouring democracy.

Randeep Surjewala on Tuesday had called PM Modi's planned fast a farce of a fast.

It put out the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders' schedule for the day mentioning breakfast and lunch timings on Twitter.

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Congress communication chief Randeep Surjewala said: "The Prime Minister's words should carry weight".

Following the development, a war of words broke out between the ruling and Opposition parties.

The Congress spokesperson challenged the Prime Minister to prove him otherwise. "We spoke for adequate representation of Dalits and backward classes at police stations and Tehsil offices, and we were told that our demands will be looked into", he said.

"Now, "jumla" fast gets over in an hour and feast after that".

Shah will participate in "Musti Dhanya Sangrah Abhiyan" at noon, in Abbigeri village of Gadag district.

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