The Congress held a nationwide massive protest, on Friday against rising prices, unemployment and GST rate hike. The protest against the ruling BJP saw people clad in black joining the vocal stand against the issues. In the national capital, the party leaders will march to the Rashtrapati Bhawan.
Congress leaders have gathered at the party headquarters in Delhi ahead of the nationwide protest.
The plan was that the Congress Working Committee (CWC) members and senior leaders will take part in “PM House gherao” while Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha MPs will hold a “Chalo Rashtrapati Bhavan” from Parliament.
The administration had imposed prohibitory orders banning large gatherings in parts of Delhi ahead of the Congress march. Amid the protests and the orders from up top, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra were seen being detained and videos of Priyanka being dragged into detention due to her resisting, while Rahul being escorted into detention have already been viralised in all media platforms.
As Priyanka reached the protest site in Delhi, she said: “inflation has risen beyond the limit; the government will have to do something about it. This is why we’re fighting”. Meanwhile, as her brother reached the protest site He took jabs at Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, and blamed the BJP for influencing elections and subverting democracy at the lowest levels.
He said India is witnessing the “death of democracy” and anybody who raises people’s issues and stands against the onset of dictatorship is “viciously attacked” and put in jail. “There is no democracy in India and there is a dictatorship of four people,” he added.
While in the protests in Mumbai, prominent leaders such as Balasaheb Thorat, Nana Patole, and Sanjay Nirupam were detained amid protests near the Vidhan Bhavan. Assam saw demonstrations with a high number of attendees as well and in Jammu, party leaders clashed with police amid the protest.