PM Modi, Amit Shah to fast on April 12 against Parliament disruption

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"We hope that the Prime Minister will also observe a fast very soon over atrocities against women, increasing lawlessness and anarchy under the BJP rule", Gandhi said on Twitter.

Without naming any political party, Modi said there are people who don't want any improvement in the condition of the poor as they feel it would become hard to mislead financially weaker sections if the government succeeds in its efforts to uplift the poor.

Earlier, NDA MPs announced they won't take salaries for 23 days since no work had been done. BJP president Amit Shah will also be holding a similar protest in West Bengal's Hubli.

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The fast was held by the Congress as a protest against the parliament washout, CBSE paper leaks and a special status for Andhra Pradesh. While Home Minister Rajnath Singh will fast in Lucknow, Roads and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari will fast in Nagpur.

In the presence of oil cartel OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabian Oil Minister, Khalid A. Al-Falih, Modi said efforts at artificially distorting prices were self-destructing.

Addressing party MPs through an audio conference call ahead of the protest, Modi said the BJP leaders and its workers will observe the fast on Thursday to "expose" those handful of people who "throttled" democracy by stalling Parliament proceedings during the budget session.

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In the budget session which concluded on Friday (April 6), the Lok Sabha spent just 1% of its allotted time on legislative business while the Rajya Sabha spent 6%.

Modi will observe the fast but that would not stop him from continuing routine official work including inaugurating 10th edition of Defence Expo in Chennai at Tiruvidanthal, in Kancheepuram district that has been on edge due to protests over Cauvery water issue. Surjewal said, "The Prime Minister should hold a fast to apologise to the country for the 13 banking scams, where people like chhota Modi that is Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi ran away with over Rs 61,000 crore".

The ruling BJP has blamed the opposition, led by the Congress party, for the washout of the budget session. It said that Prime Minister should instead apologise to the youth, Dalits and other sections of the society, who were allegedly let down by his government.

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