Dressed in black clothes, the deputies of the Congress organize a demonstration in the Parliament |  News from India - Times of India

Dressed in black clothes, the deputies of the Congress organize a demonstration in the Parliament | News from India – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Wearing black clothes, Congress MPs, led by party leader Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, staged a protest in the Parliament complex on Friday as they marched to the Rashtrapati Bhavan as part of their nationwide movement against rising prices, rising GST on essentials and unemployment.
Protesting opposition party MPs held slogans against the government demanding the withdrawal of the GST hike on essential items, Sonia Gandhi standing alongside female party MPs, holding a banner, outside Number 1 Gate of Parliament.
They were, however, stopped by the Delhi police and not allowed to proceed to the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Sonia Gandhi did not participate in the march. The other deputies were detained by police at Vijay Chowk.
“Even today, congressmen denied the democratic right to demonstrate against rising prices, unemployment and the GST. Packed in police vans in Vijay Chowk. It’s clear, only those who are afraid try to instill fear!” party leader Jairam Ramesh said in a tweet.
Congress leaders, including former party leader Rahul Gandhi, wore black shirts and black bands on their arms in protest.
Congress leaders and workers gathered at party headquarters here to take part in the nationwide protest against rising prices, a Goods and Services Tax (GST) hike on essential items and unemployment.
The party is also protesting the government’s alleged misuse of investigative agencies to target its leaders.
Top Congress leaders including Rahul Gandhi and Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot reached the party headquarters in the morning.
Delhi Police have denied the opposition party permission to stage a protest in the nation’s capital as restraining orders are in place in the New Delhi district.
Congress workers are also seeking to gherao Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s residence as part of the protest.
Protesting congressmen tied lemons, chili peppers and empty packets of dairy products around their necks in protest.
Meanwhile, security at Congress headquarters has been tightened as party workers, led by Priyanka Gandhi Vadraare planned for gherao the prime minister’s residence.
A large number of police have been deployed at 24 Akbar Road amid heavy rain in central Delhi.
The entire path leading to the Congress office was heavily barricaded, and the media were also banned from entering the party office.


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