Rajkot: As a contest of fasting has started off between the ruling BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) and the opposition Congress, several BJP leaders in the state to have participated in fasting for a day to protest against the Parliament washout. But scenes luxurious arrangements like cushions and air coolers being installed at several venues of fasts in the state depict a picture of how the fasts by the leaders are probably just eyewash. Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani’s wife Anjali Rupani too has participated in one of the fasts Mohan Kundaria at Dhebar road.

For a symbolic fast that is being held only for seven hours today, lakhs of rupees are being spent by the leaders and administrators in setting up stages, decorations and arrangements of water, air-coolers, chairs, and cushions at several venues in the state. Even as farmers in the state are thirsting for water for their farms, water-tankers were seen kept stand-by at the fasting venues to fill up the air-coolers. This makes us wonder if this so-called fasting by our leaders is going to bring any practical solutions to the real problems that are plaguing the state and the country.

The BJP had on Thursday kicked off their one-day fasting in protest of the opposition not allowing the house to function and resulting in a washed out second half of the Budget session. Led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, several BJP leaders have taken up the onus to organize the ‘Loktantra Bachao Upvaas-Dharna’ in their constituencies across the country from morning 10 to 5 in the evening.