"Now we want to express our disappointment by going on a fast led by Prime Minister", said a senior BJP leader who will also observe fast on Thursday.
Although Rupani was scheduled to sit on a "symbolic fast" with other BJP leaders at Lal Darwaja area here between 11 am and 5 pm, he made a decision to observe the fast while working from Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad city BJP president Jagdish Panchal said.
The leaders of West Bengals BJP unit today observed fast here as part of the partys nationwide protest against the recent Parliament washout.
"Organizing fasts is symbolic in nature and holds a lot of importance with respect to what the issue at hand is". However, the images of Congress leaders eating "chhole bhature" before the fast went viral resulting in deep embarrassment for the party. Rs 1.57 crore is spent per hour to run Lok Sabha and Rs 1.10 crore to run Rajya Sabha and due to irresponsible behavior of the Congress and other opposition parties, Rs 133 crore in Rajya Sabha and Rs 200 crore worth man hours were lost due to non-functioning of the Lok Sabha. "But I will continue my work", a BJP statement quoted Modi as saying on Wednesday. Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman was in Chennai while Prakash Javadekar was in Benguluru.
Congress is already down to 44 seats in Lok Sabha.
Health minister JP Nadda travelled to Modi's constituency Varanasi, while law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and minister of state for rural development minister Ram Kripal Yadav were in Patna and Digha in Bihar respectively to sit on a fast.
"We were even ready to discuss the bank fraud case".
"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.
MSP contested the municipal council polls at Kankavli in the district against BJP, which recently sent Rane to the Rajya Sabha as its candidate. Not a single BJP leader or minister is involved.
The Congress attacked Modi and Shah for observing a "fake fast" and termed it as "PM's fast of atonement". But if the reason were to be taken into account, he would be the first prime minister to undertake a fast against his political opponents.