In a ferocious attack on the Narendra Modi-led national government over rising prices and unemployment, Congress party leaders organised demonstrations across the nation on Friday, leading to the incarceration of several top figures, including Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. The Congress has also cited the BJP as the cause of the nation’s “death of democracy.”
Here are the responses from political leaders on both sides of the aisle to the protests by Congress.
Rahul Gandhi, the leader of the Congress, stated: “All Congress MPs were marching towards Rashtrapati Bhawan to raise the problem of inflation and price rise, but the Delhi Police did not permit them to go on.”
According to Home Minister Amit Shah, the Congress leaders’ demonstration in black clothing was a protest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s laying of the cornerstone for the Ram temple on this day in 2020.
“Our party leaders and workers were jailed in a ‘undemocratic way,'” said Congress leader Sachin Pilot. We wanted to have conversations in the House, but we were kept locked up the entire day. It is up to us to challenge the government by fixing accountability issues. It’s not a good omen that we were imprisoned in an undemocratic manner.
Deepender Hooda, the head of the Congress, said that the new Parliament should be replaced with a police line, and an ED office should be established inside the Parliamentary building.
Congresswoman Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was dragged by Delhi Police while she was being held, according to Shiv Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi.
Yogi Adityanath, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, said: “Up until today, Congress protesters were dressed normally, but today they were dressed in black, which is an insult to Ram Bhakts. They selected this day as today is Ayodhya Diwas, which heralds the start of building of Ram Janambhoomi.”
Anurag Thakur, Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, declared: “Truth will not become a lie even if those engaging in corruption hit the streets from Parliament.”