Parliament washout: PM Modi to observe fast on April 12

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The Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that in Bihar, nearby 8.5 lakh toilets were constructed in Bihar in just seven days.

Sources had yesterday said that while observing the fast, he will not disturb his daily official routine.

On Friday last, PM had accused the opposition parties, particularly the Congress of practicing divisive politics and announced the BJP MPs will observe a fast on April 12 to protest against the Parliament impasse.

He will unveil the plaque inaugurating the diamond jubilee building, palliative care centre (Mahvir Ashray) at Sriperumbudur, Day care center and nurses quarter at the Adyar Cancer Institute. All BJP MPs will observe fast in their respective constituencies, the party said. While Union information and technology minister Ravishankar Prasad will observe the fast at Gardani Bagh in Patna, Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj will be in New Delhi.

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Both Houses saw repeated adjournments since the second leg of the Budget Session reconvened on 5 March over several issues.

Congress on Wednesday trained its guns on BJP MPs' nation-wide fast over disruption of Parliament by Opposition saying, if Prime Minister Narendra Modi felt so powerless, he should announce his retirement. "I will be fasting".

The PM also said that eleven projects worth over Rs 3,000 crore have been sanctioned in Bihar to stop the flow of dirty and untreated water from homes and factories to the Ganga.

Randeep Surjewala of Congress also said the BJP-led central government should be blamed for the Parliament washout.

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The opposition Congress termed the fast by the Prime Minister as a "farce" and said he should apologise over the way his party had "denigrated and disrespected" parliament. Rahul Gandhi had been on fast for quite a short span of time, in protest of the alleged unfairness of the government against the dalit community in relation to the SC/ST act.

Only two out of eight bills planned for this session could be introduced.

Congress had also observed a fast April 9 to promote communal stability and harmony in the country.

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