Ahmedabad: Seems like a political battle of fasts has started between the political outfits in the country in the recent times. After the Congress party had on April 9, fasted for a day at Rajghat to protest against the government failing to protect the Dalit and backward communities from the atrocities, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will be holding a day-long fast on Thursday to protest against the washed out second leg of the Budget session of the Parliament this year.
BJP MPs of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, led by PM Narendra Modi would fast from their departments and constituencies. They, including PM Modi, would be conducting their usual work on the day but would not consume food. BJP National President Amit Shah would be holding a dharna in the Hubli district of Karnataka as he has been advised against fasting by his doctor. Shah is diabetic. BJP leader GVL Narasimha Rao said that the party leaders and MPs are fasting on April 12 in protest of the opposition parties teaming up together to not allow the house to function during the budget session this year.
Opposition Congress was in the news for all the wrong reasons regarding their one-day fast after a picture of their leaders Ajay Maken, Amarinder Singh Lovely and a couple of other party men were seen relishing chole bhature at a local Delhi restaurant before they were to attend their fast at Rajghat. It is being said that BJP is taking careful measures and have given strict orders to party men participating in the fast to ensure that nothing similar to the Congress fiasco happens during its fasting.