Arrest of leaders and crackdown on the Congress March near Red Fort
Following Rahul Gandhi's expulsion from the Lok Sabha on Tuesday evening, the Congress party attempted to organise a protest march from the Red Fort to Town Hall through the busy Chandni Chowk. Several Congress members and leaders are alleged to have been detained by Delhi Police during this attempt.
As police prevented Congress officials from reaching the Red Fort in time for the commencement of their "Loktantra Bachao Mashal Shanti March" at 7 o'clock, they accused the government of "murdering democracy."
Nonetheless, some of the leaders gathered in the heavily police-barricaded Red Fort. They marched on in small groups before setting up a dharna near Chandni Chowk. Party members reportedly had police bash them up after they chanted anti-government chants.
During the march protesting Gandhi's disqualification and the Adani "scam," Congress leaders, including party lawmakers, were expected to carry torches.
Up to 96 persons, including former Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat, former MP JP Aggarwal, TN Prathapan, Deen Kuriakorse, and Shakti Singh Gohil, were held, according to Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) Sagar Singh Kalsi.
According to the DCP, all of the inmates have been freed and everything are as they should be.
Immediately after his conviction and two-year imprisonment in a 2019 defamation case related to his 'Modi surname' statement by a Surat court, the Gandhi scion was disqualified from the lower chamber of Parliament.
"We are unable to leave Red Fort for the Loktantra Bachao Mashal Shanti March because of the Delhi Police, who also won't let us enter the location. This hasn't stopped us, however, and we've started our march right from the police barriers "K C Venugopal, the general secretary of the Congress, tweeted.
Jairam Ramesh, a congressman, claimed "Democracy is being murdered here. Both within and outside of the Parliament, our voices are being stifled. Disqualifying our leader and preventing us from moving forward. Is this democracy at all?"
P Chidambaram, a different congressman, tweeted, "For the Mashal Shanti March, a sizable group of Congress workers had congregated close to Red Fort. Some hundred of them were children."
The police refused permission and were determined to disperse the meeting, despite the fact that it was completely peaceful, fairly energetic, and well attended by the local populace.
After some time, he added, he and other MPs decided to part ways since they were unable to go ahead or backward.
"I saw demonstrators on the street in groups of 10 to 20 moving about with banners and shouting. The cops drove away the protesting people close to Raj Ghat. The regular employees' efforts deserve the highest commendation, "added he.
In control of Madhya Pradesh is the Congress According to Jai Prakash Agarwal, the police have instructed them not to even stand on his ancestral property, where he was born and raised. Afterwards, the police nabbed Agarwal among other Congress employees after removing them from the scene.
Jebi Mather, a Congress Rajya Sabha member, said that she and a few other female staffers were being escorted by police to an unidentified place and accused them of improper conduct.
"They may imprison us in Tihar, but we won't stop fighting for Rahul Gandhi and democracy. They may put you in prison not just once, but a thousand times, but we'll go on "As she was being led away by police, she said.
Anil Chaudhary, the head of the Delhi Congress, said, "We will not rest till Rahul ji's queries are addressed since they are not for him, but for the nation," and claimed that he was arrested when they attempted to join the "Save Democracy march."
The Congress has said that they would continue to speak out against Rahul Gandhi's disqualification both within and outside of Parliament and will protest in the streets.