Bharatiya Janata Party and Shiv Sena MPs staged a dharna outside Parliament House on Tuesday to protest against the government's “failure” to avert motormen's strike in Mumbai, which has brought suburban rail traffic to a halt.

Fifteen MPs sat in front of the main gate and raised slogans for about half-hour against the Railway Ministry and the government for their inability to end the strike.

The protesters, who included the senior BJP leader from Maharashtra Gopinath Munde, Prakash Javadekar and the Sena's Anant Geete and Manohar Joshi, warned that they would not allow Parliament to function if the government did not take steps to resume the rail service. “Mumbai suburban rails are the lifeline of the city. The abrupt strike has severely affected the movement of over 60 commuters who use it everyday,” Mr. Geete said.

Apprehending law and order problems, he said, “Immediate steps should be taken to resolve the issue and restore the rail service.”