Rahul Gandhi Detained Amid Massive Congress Protest In Delhi: 10 Points

Rahul Gandhi wore black to the Parliament to protest against rising prices.

New Delhi:
Congress MP Rahul Gandhi was detained amid a massive protest by the party against rising prices, unemployment and GST hike on essential items. The party leaders were stopped by Delhi police when they were protesting outside the Congress headquarters.

Here are 10 facts about this big story:

  1. Led by party chief Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, Congress MPs today wore black clothes in Parliament to protest against the rising prices and unemployment. Rajya Sabha proceedings were adjourned today as Congress members created an uproar over the alleged misuse of probe agencies by the government.

  2. Congress Working Committee (CWC) members and senior leaders had planned to take part in “PM House gherao” while Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha MPs will hold a “Chalo Rashtrapati Bhavan” from Parliament, the party said in a statement.

  3. The administration imposed prohibitory orders banning large gatherings in parts of Delhi ahead of the Congress march. Citing the restrictions, Delhi police had denied permission to the Congress for holding a protest in the national capital.

  4. Rahul Gandhi was detained by the Delhi Police when he was protesting with other Congress leaders outside the party headquarters.

  5. Ahead of the protest, Rahul Gandhi said, “We’re witnessing the death of democracy. What India has built brick by brick, starting almost a century ago, is being destroyed in front of your eyes. Anybody who stands against this idea of onset of dictatorship is viciously attacked, jailed, arrested and beaten up.”

  6. Mr Gandhi claimed that the sole agenda of the government is that people’s issues such as price rise, unemployment and violence in society must not be raised.

  7. The BJP hit back, asking if there is “democracy” in the Congress, which has been labelled a dynastic party.

  8. The Delhi traffic police has issued an advisory saying the traffic movement will be affected in parts of Lutyens’ Delhi.

  9. Delhi police say special arrangements have been made and diversions will be suggested as per expected spots of congestion on major roads.

  10. Congress has been continuously raising questions against the price rise and the hike in the Goods and Service Tax (GST). Congress MPs have been staging protests both inside and outside Parliament on these issues.