BJP MPs to go on hunger strike, forgo salaries

MPs of BJP and its allies will go on a one-day hunger strike to protest against the Congress stalling Parliament proceedings. Union Minister Ananth Kumar said a day-long Satyagraha will be held across

Published: 08th April 2018 05:41 AM  |   Last Updated: 08th April 2018 05:41 AM   |  A+A-

JD(S) supporters protest outside HD Deve Gowda’s house in Bengaluru

By Express News Service

BENGALURU: MPs of BJP and its allies will go on a one-day hunger strike to protest against the Congress stalling Parliament proceedings. Union Minister Ananth Kumar said a day-long Satyagraha will be held across the country on April 12 by NDA MPs who have also decided to forgo their salary for 23 days of sitting in the just concluded Parliament session.

“NDA MPs have taken a decision to give up salaries for not transacting the of the house although it isn’t our fault. Now, let me ask Congress if it will allow its MPs to take the salary for a job not done,” Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers, Ananth Kumar, said on Saturday.

The BJP leader held Congress president Rahul Gandhi responsible for stalling the Parliament and attacked the Congress. “Our sessions have been successful in the last two-and-a-half years. Problems have begun only after Rahul became the Congress president,” Kumar said. The budget session of the Parliament, which was adjourned sine die on Friday, witnessed disruptions for the larger part of the sitting. Ananth Kumar held Rahul’s negative politics responsible for the Parliament coming to a standstill.

Kumar addressed the media in Bengaluru after a day-long meeting with the BJP state committee at a resort. Saturday’s meeting was a review exercise before the final draft of BJP’s first list of candidates is sent to the central team. The BJP is expected to release its first list of candidates for the May 12 Assembly elections next week. Tickets for contentious seats are unlikely to be decided before the third week of April.

JD(S) workers demand ticket for Prajwal
Bengaluru: Janata Dal (Secular) workers on Saturday staged a demonstration outside JD (S) supremo H D Deve Gowda’s residence demanding ticket for Prajwal Revanna. Around 200 workers were holding placards with an appeal to give party ticket to H D Revanna’s son Prajwal to contest from RR Nagar constituency in the city.

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