As BJP leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, observed a fast to "expose" the Congress over the issue of disruption of Parliament, Shah accused the opposition of working to obstruct the prime minister's pro-poor and development agenda. Modi left Delhi around 8.30 am and inaugurated the Defence Expo at Thiruvidanthai in Tamil Nadu. The party leaders spread across the country will observe the fast.
This comes after the BJP shared a picture of Delhi Congress leaders Ajay Maken, Haroon Yusuf and Arvinder Singh Lovely, allegedly having a big meal before the Congress began their fast.
Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis, Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani and Jharkhand CM Raghubar Das took part in the fast in their respective states.
"Though the Congress stoops to any level to retain power, the people who could see through its ploy will teach a lesson in the May 12 state assembly elections and bring the BJP to power again", said Shah at a party rally in the state's northwest region.
One of the lawmakers of India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party has been charged with raping a 16-year-old girl from Uttar Pradesh's Unnao city, giving a reputational blow to the Narendra Modi led regime.
Fadnavis, along with Mumbai BJP chief Ashish Shelar, MP Poonam Mahajan, actor-turned-MP Paresh Rawal and legislator Parag Alvani launched the fast at the party office in Vile Parle.
Adityanath will now hold consultations every 15 days with leaders of Apna Dal and SBSP, the BJP allies in UP, and ensure officials pay heed to complaints from elected representatives of the two parties in the state, people aware of the matter told ET. They have taken on the largely upper-caste party leadership, causing the latter embarrassment and discomfiture, even as the Dalit MPs lend support and sanction to the swell of Dalit pride and defiance that is blazing across the country. This has never happened in the past. The fast went on from 10 am to 5 pm, but the programme ended at four o'clock in the evening.
The BJP and CPI workers exchanged blows and hurled footwear at each other in a weird incident here on Thursday. The fast was however accompanied with slip ups by the party which had put it on a defensive spot. He further said what BJP is doing today is only to protect the democracy in the country because Congress has murdered this spirit and democratic principles.
Former chief minister and Maharashtra Congress president Ashok Chavan said that the "drama of fasting will not work anymore" as the people are no longer interested in false promises made by the government. "Prime Minister, best wishes for your fast".