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The BJP also observed a fast near Gandhi statue to protest against the violence.

Others who have joined the party recently say they were lured by Modi's new avatar as "development man". Following it, all BJP MPs will observe the fast in their respective constituencies, while Shah will hold a "dharna" (sit-in) in poll-bound Karnataka's Hubli. Rajbhar-led Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP) has four MLAs in the state assembly.

Stating that the Chief Minister should clarify her stand on the involvement of two senior Ministers instigating trouble in Kathua with regard to brutal murder and rape of eight year old nomad girl Asifa, the J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) President, G.A. Mir Thursday expressed surprise over the silence maintained by Mehbooba Mufti on this serious issue.

At a time when the rival camp of Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party is showing increasing cohesiveness after the two parties joined hands, Shah questioned why the UP unit of the BJP made headlines for reasons such as upset allies and its five Dalit MPs speaking up against the party.

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal started a hunger strike at the government hostel in adjoining Thane along with a large number of supporters and party activists.




The BJP's Lok Sabha members mostly sat on protest fast in their constituencies while most of the Rajya Sabha members did so in their states. The PM went about his official engagements as usual, but this time around it was the Congress' turn to call the saffron party's fast "farcical".

CPI-M state secretary Surjya Kanta Mishra in a statement said that people witnessed a massive violence for past few days over filing of nomination papers and so bandh is an obvious choice. Taking a dig at the party, the Congress spokesperson had said that the fast should be to seek an apology from the children whose lives have been jeopardised due to the CBSE and SSC scams. You have forgotten that your grandmother (Indira Gandhi) imposed Emergency and muzzled people's voices.

"Post-independence if there was any government that carried out the maximum developmental work in Andhra Pradesh, it was the Narendra Modi-led NDA government. Doesn't anyone else have credibility in this country", he said.

Later, in a blog Shah repeated the charge against Congress, saying the country was not going to forgive it for disrupting parliamentary proceedings. "This "fast" is just a farce", Chavan said dismissively during a media briefing.

Mr. Swaminathan said the DK workers had taken out the motorcycle rally without police permission.


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