‘Cute’, ‘farce’: Opposition reacts to PM’s decision to hold fast against Parliament disruption

NEW DELHI: Congress on Tuesday termed the Prime Minister’s decision to observe the day-long fast + against the disruption in Parliament “farce” and demanded that the PM should instead apologise over his party’s disrespect to the House.

Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said the “farce of a fast by the Modi government and BJP” on the April 12 should really be a fast to seek an apology over a range of issues including the banking frauds, leak of CBSE paper and dilution of SC/ST Act.

“They have disrespected and denigrated the highest temple of democracy. So, the Prime Minister should publicly say he is sorry and that’s why he is holding this fast to tender an apology to various sections of India’s population,” Surjewala said.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal too mocked the PM’s decision to observe the fast. “Now that’s really cute …. just one day fast… against himself,” he tweeted.

Earlier today, it was announced that the PM will be holding a fast with BJP lawmakers on Thursday to protest against the recent washout of Parliament. BJP president Amit Shah will be joining the protest from Hubli in poll-bound Karnataka.

Surjewala held BJP and its allies responsible for the disruption of Parliament during the second half of the Budget session.

The Congress said BJP leaders should hold fasts also to seek

apology from youths “whose future was jeopardised by the CBSE paper leak as also the SSC scam”.