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Congress Plans Month-Long Protests Against BJP-Led Government

New Delhi [India]: The war of words between Congress and BJP over Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification from Lok Sabha and on JPC demand over Adani issue continued on Thursday with the two Houses also facing adjournments.

Both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha were adjourned for the day following opposition protests. The two Houses were earlier adjourned till 2 pm. Some opposition members continued their “black” protest which they started on Monday.

Outside the Parliament, the Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday launched a fresh attack on Rahul Gandhi stating that the Congress leader was “pretending not to be a coward” after apologising to the Supreme Court of India for his previous remarks.

Opposition parties had attacked the government following Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification and in a show of strength marched from the Parliament complex to Vijay Chowk on Monday.

Opposition parties may bring a no-confidence motion against Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Monday sources said, adding that the proposal was kept in a meeting of Congress MPs and the party is talking to other Opposition parties in this regard.

The Congress had planned ‘Loktantra Bachao Mashal Shanti March’ from the Red Fort to Town Hall in the national capital in the evening as part of its campaign against the government over Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification and “to save democracy”.

Several Congress workers and leaders were “detained” by Police as the party tried to stage the protest march.

They party leaders staged a protest at Chandani Chowk and raised slogans against the government.

Congress leader Harish Rawat said Central government “is scared” of Opposition unity.
“We wanted to take out ‘Mashaal March’ but so many police personnel were deployed & people were detained. Central govt is scared of Opposition unity. We’ll take the issue to blocks, villages. Democracy is in danger, we need to protect it:,” he said.

Party leader KC Venugopal said that party workers were stopped by police.

“You should see the plight of democracy in the country. We are doing a peaceful torchlight march. Yesterday we discussed this with police & commissioners & they agreed. Today, they stopped our workers everywhere,” he said.

As part of its campaign against the government on the Adani issue, “to save democracy” and in solidarity with Rahul Gandhi, the party has planned protests and press conferences across the country.

The party’s month-long campaign includes press conferences by national-level Leaders in 35 major cities and Jai Bharat Satyagraha at district and state levels and Jai Bharat Maha Satyagraha at the national level.

The party has planned public campaign to send postcards to PM Modi “questioning him on relevant issues”.

he second part of budget session has seen continuous disruptions over the Opposition’s demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee probe into the Adani-Hindenburg row and over BJP’s demand for apology from Rahul Gandhi over his remarks in United kingdom.



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