Rahul Gandhi's disqualification: Congress prepares to increase protest and enlist other parties
On Tuesday, the Congress took to the streets, announced a number of protest initiatives, including a "Jai Bharat Satyagraha," and hinted at broader Opposition action in response to Rahul Gandhi, the former leader of their party, being removed from the Lok Sabha last week after being found guilty of criminal defamation.
The group tried to lead a 1 km-long "Loktantra Bachao Mashal Shanti March" from Red Fort in the evening, but they got into a fight with Delhi Police, who stopped them from going to the location.
"Democracy is being murdered here. Both within and outside of Parliament, our voices are being stifled. Disqualifying our leader and preventing us from moving forward. Whose democracy is this, exactly? As numerous party officials were arrested, Congress leader Jairam Ramesh made a statement.
Numerous senior leaders, as well as our enthusiastic and committed young cadre, were marching towards Red Fort, but the brutal Delhi Police did all in its power to stop our peaceful march, according to a tweet from Congress general secretary K C Venugopal. PM Modi and Shah should be aware that we won't give up the struggle. "Go for it!"
96 persons were arrested, according to Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) Sagar Singh Kalsi. The DCP was cited by news agency PTI as adding, "All the inmates have been freed and the situation is normal."
In the meanwhile, two senior Congress politicians who wished to remain anonymous said that a faction of the party was eager to submit a no-confidence resolution against Speaker Om Birla in response to a suggestion made by a Punjabi Lok Sabha legislator.
Sitaram Yechury, general secretary of the CPI(M), countered that before making any decisions, "Further conversations are necessary among all Opposition parties."
Yechury also made a suggestion that the opposition should think about taking more significant political action against the BJP-led national administration.
Leaders of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) warned that not all opposition parties would be in favor of such measures. "The path toward unification is a dynamic one. Derek O'Brien, the party's leader and a Rajya Sabha member, insisted that progress must be made gradually.
Opposition politicians protested in Parliament earlier that day while dressing in all black. The Adani controversy also caused them to disturb the current budget proceedings in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, which led to the Speaker and Chairman adjourning their respective sessions.
A number of nationwide programs were announced by the Congress to protest Gandhi's disqualification.
In 35 places, the party hosted news conferences with well-known national figures.
A protest by the SC, ST, OBC, and minority departments is set on Wednesday in front of the sculptures of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar or Gandhi in each district headquarters.
Additionally, from March 29 to April 8, the Congress will hold a "Jai Bharat Satyagraha" to "protest against the wrongfully convicted and disqualified Rahul Gandhi, and to express the Congress Party's resolve to keep raising the voice of the people against the blatant loot of the people's money and nation's wealth by Modani," the party said in a statement.
As part of the "Jai Bharat Satyagraha," the party has urged all block/mandal units to host "Nukkad Sabhas" and address the people on pertinent subjects. Gandhi's message and his call for public support for the "Jai Bharat Satyagraha" will be the main topics of social media activities.
The second-largest Opposition party, TMC, has declared its own plans for in-house demonstrations. During the remaining days of the Budget session, it will be necessary for both Houses to have discussions on the topic of "Save Constitution, Save Demo, Preserve Parliament." Party members would protest in front of the Ambedkar monument in Parliament, according to O'Brien.