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Congress changes strategy, protests outside Parliament against Gen VK Singh

Rahul Gandhi and senior leaders including Ghulam Nabi Azad and Mallikarjun Kharge shouted slogans before TV cameras in front of the main entrance of the Lok Sabha and not inside the House.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: December 7, 2015 4:55 pm
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Changing its strategy, the Congress party on Monday held protest outside the Parliament against Union Minister General V K Singh for his ‘insensitive’ remarks on Dalits’ deaths in Haryana.

Party vice-president Rahul Gandhi and senior leaders including Ghulam Nabi Azad and Mallikarjun Kharge shouted slogans before TV cameras in front of the main entrance of the Lok Sabha and not inside the House.

The Congress move looked more like ‘token protest’ before TV cameras. Non-Congress parties took it as a signal that the Goods and Services Tax (GST) bill is set to pass now.

However, by 3 pm the Congress leaders were looking worried as the news of the Delhi High Court judgment came that dismissed Rahul and Sonia Gandhi’s contention that summons issued to them by the lower court in the National Herald case is illegal. The Congress has an option to go to the apex court or face the lower court’s summons.

The summons were issued on a criminal complaint lodged by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy for alleged cheating and misappropriation of funds in acquiring ownership of now-defunct daily the National Herald.

The unexpected decision of the court came at inappropriate time for Congress. It will strengthen the government’s efforts to form consensus to pass the GST.

The Congress is likely to accept cap of 18 per cent after the recommendation came from committee of the Ministry of Finance.

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  1. L
    Dec 7, 2015 at 11:54 pm
    Bjp work and speeches made poor rahul speechless.
    1. S
      Dec 8, 2015 at 4:22 am
      Rahul won't have to protest anymore , should start thinking how to spend time in Tihar jail with mummy.
      1. R
        Dec 7, 2015 at 7:06 am
        Beggar, you only say that there is no tolerance for opinions, and now you want the govt to take action against VK for expressing his opinion? This isnt CONgress, pappu. Everyone isnt a Nehru family bootlicker who takes orders from high command. Someone tell me why this thief who has achieved nothing in his life and spends most of his time in Bangkok, is protesting against an Indian Army general?
        1. K
          Dec 7, 2015 at 10:37 pm
          The photoshopped black to pink Gujjubhai mann-key man has no time for the neighbours. He is busy going to foreign countries, to take selfies with the goras. If he has any time to spare to spend in India, he spends it to come up with empty slogans. None of the neighbours seem to be happy and comfortable with the present Indian government. What a tragedy! Indians must get ready to welcome either Mr hi Mr Nitish Kumar as their Prime mInister. Both Mr hi and Mr Nitish Kumar have style and have substance. Both of them are very dignified. They will never run after the goras to take a selfie.
          1. G
            Dec 7, 2015 at 7:29 am
            Arun Jaitley on August 26, 2012 (outside Parliament): “There are occasions when obstruction in Parliament brings greater benefits to the country… Our strategy does not permit us to allow the government to use Parliament (for debate) …” - Now in 2015,Finance Minister bemoans and laments that Congress is not supporting GST bill.. Sushma Swaraj on September 7, 2012 (at end of monsoon session): “Not allowing Parliament to function is a form of democracy like any other form" BJP now reaps what it has sown three years back when congress introduced GST
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