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Gandhis detained as Cong holds massive protests against inflation

Source: PTI   -  Edited By: Utkarsh Mishra
Last updated on: August 05, 2022 16:15 IST
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Wearing black clothes, Congress leaders hit the streets on Friday to protest against price rise and unemployment with a host of them, including Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, being detained by police amid dramatic standoffs outside Parliament and the All India Congress Committee headquarters in New Delhi.

IMAGE: Congress president Sonia Gandhi and party leader Rahul Gandhi, wearing black clothes, during a march towards Rashtrapati Bhawan as part of party's nationwide protest over price rise, unemployment and GST hike on essential items, in New Delhi, on Friday, August 5, 2022. Photograph: Arun Sharma/PTI Photo

Congress MPs, including former party chief Rahul Gandhi, staged a protest in the Parliament House complex and then proceeded to take out a march towards the Rashtrapati Bhawan as part of the party's nationwide stir against price rise, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) hike on essential items and unemployment.

 

The protesting MPs of the opposition party raised slogans against the government demanding that the GST hike on essential items be withdrawn, with party chief Sonia Gandhi standing with the women MPs holding a banner outside gate number 1 of Parliament.

IMAGE: Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi with party leaders after being detained by police at New Police Lines in New Delhi. Photograph: Courtesy @INCIndia/Twitter

The protesters were, however, stopped by the Delhi Police and not allowed to proceed towards the Rashtrapati Bhawan.

 Sonia Gandhi did not take part in the march.

The other MPs were detained by police at Vijay Chowk.

Rahul Gandhi, senior Congress leaders K C Venugopal, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and Gaurav Gogoi were among the 64 MPs detained and taken away from Vijay Chowk in a police bus, party sources said.

IMAGE: Rahul Gandhi, wearing black clothes, along with party MPs marches towards Rashtrapati Bhawan. Photograph: Arun Sharma/PTI Photo

Talking to reporters at Vijay Chowk, Rahul Gandhi said, "We are here to raise the issue of price rise."

He also said 'democracy is being murdered'.

Asked if the MPs were manhandled, he answered in the affirmative.

"Our job is to resist these forces, our job is to ensure that democracy in India is protected, our job is to raise the issues of people. We are doing that," the former Congress chief said.

IMAGE: Priyanka Gandhi jumps police barricades during the protest march. Photograph: Ravi Choudhary/PTI Photo

He alleged that some of the party MPs were even 'beaten up' by police.

Posting pictures from the protest at Vijay Chowk, Rahul Gandhi tweeted: 'Democracy is a memory.'

Earlier, in a tweet in Hindi, he said, 'This dictatorial government is scared. From the condition of India, from the back-breaking inflation and historic unemployment, from the ruin brought by his policies, the one who is afraid of the truth threatens those who raise their voice!'

IMAGE: Priyanka Gandhi during the protest march. Photograph: Ravi Choudhary/PTI Photo

Several Congress leaders, including Rahul Gandhi, wore black shirts, black kurtas or black bands on their arms.

Also dressed in black, Priyanka Gandhi staged a sit-in protest outside the AICC headquarters in New Delhi.

She jumped across the police barricades put up on the road outside the party headquarters and squatted on the road, with the police personnel asking her to move from there as Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) is in force in the entire area of New Delhi district except Jantar Mantar.

Amid dramatic scenes outside the AICC headquarters, the Congress general secretary was forcibly put in a vehicle by police and taken away.

IMAGE: Rahul Gandhi during the march. Photograph: Arun Sharma/PTI Photo

In a video shot inside a police vehicle and shared by the Congress with reporters, Priyanka Gandhi said, They think that by putting up a show of power, they can silence us and force us into a compromise. Why will we do that?"

"Their ministers cannot see the price rise, so we wanted to walk to the prime minister's house and show him the high inflation, show him the gas cylinder the price of which is sky high," she said.

IMAGE: Congress MPs K C Venugopal, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and others, lie down on the road during the protest march. Photograph: Kind courtesy @RahulGandhi/Twitter

"There is no inflation for (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi-ji. He has given away the country's wealth to a few people.... Only those few people have become very rich, but the common man is suffering. They have a lot of money, they cannot see the price rise. Flour, rice, cooking gas -- everything has become expensive," Priyanka Gandhi said.

In a tweet, Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh said, 'Again today, Congress MPs denied democratic right to protest against price rise, unemployment and GST. Bundled into police vans at Vijay Chowk. It's clear, only those who are afraid try to instill fear!'

IMAGE: Congress MPs Mallikarjun Kharge, K C Venugopal and others wearing black clothes in protest. Photograph: ANI Photo

Ever since the Congress president announced the Kanyakumari-to-Kashmir 'Bharat Jodo Yatra' around three months ago, 'Dhamki-jeevi' has intensified his 'toxic politics of vendetta' and intimidation against the Congress and its leadership, Ramesh said, adding that 'it is not a coincidence'.

Chowdhury, the Congress leader in the Lok Sabha, said the party is trying to draw the attention of a government that is completely 'indifferent to the astronomical price rise'.

At Vijay Chowk, the Congress protesters were seen resisting police personnel who were trying to take them away.

IMAGE: Rahul Gandhi along with Congress MPs Gaurav Gogoi and Deepender Singh Hooda, during the protest march. Photograph: PTI Photo

Party leader Manish Tewari posted a video message on Twitter from a police bus, saying they were attempting to take out a march to the Rashtrapati Bhavan when they were detained at Vijay Chowk.

Leaders and workers of the Congress assembled at the party headquarters in New Delhi to participate in the nationwide protest against price rise, the GST hike on essential items and unemployment.

Top Congress leaders, including Rahul Gandhi and Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, reached the party headquarters in the morning.

The Delhi Police has denied permission to the opposition party to stage a protest in the national capital as prohibitory orders are in place in New Delhi district.

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