The Congress announced on Saturday that top leaders, led by party president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi, will take part in a march on May 6 and then lay siege to Parliament to protest the alleged “toppling” of its governments in Uttarakhand and Arunachal Pradesh.
The party had planned to take out a “save democracy march” to Parliament earlier this month. Now, with the AgustaWestland chopper deal returning to haunt the Congress, and the BJP and its government leaving no stone unturned to target the Gandhis, the party said it would also highlight the campaign of “deceit and deliberate lies” launched against it. Congress would also attack the government on its “failure” to tackle the drought situation in the country.
Sonia, Rahul and a host of top Congress leaders would march from Jantar Mantar in the morning and then lay siege to Parliament. This would be the first major street protest by the party, under fire from the BJP and the government over the chopper deal and the Ishrat Jahan affidavit controversy, in over a year.
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The party held a massive rally at Ramlila grounds last year to protest the government’s bid to amend the land acquisition act. Later, Sonia had led a couple of marches to the President’s House, first on the land bill and then on the “growing intolerance” in the country.
The party’s communication department head Randeep Surjewala said that the main issue in the march would be the “toppling” of elected governments by use of “money and muscle”.
In Jaipur, PCC president Sachin Pilot confirmed that the Rajasthan unit of the party will participate in the march. “We have seen the undemocratic face of the Modi government in Arunachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand,” he told PTI.