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Congress MLAs gherao Gowda’s house, say Budget is ‘anti-people’

Calling the budget “meaningless”, the eight MLAs, as well as the party’s councillors in the three municipal corporations of Delhi.

Congress ex MLA Mukesh Sharma stands on the name-plate of Railway Minister DV Sadananda Gowda during a protest against the Rail Budget, outside Gowda's residence (Source: AP)
Congress ex MLA stands on the name-plate of Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda during a protest against the Rail Budget, outside Gowda’s residence (Source: AP)

Delhi Congress MLAs, led by Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) president Arvinder Singh Lovely, on Tuesday gathered outside the Thyagaraj Marg residence of Union Railways Minister Sadanand Gowda to protest against the Rail Budget.

Calling the budget “meaningless”, the eight MLAs, as well as the party’s councillors in the three municipal corporations of Delhi, raised slogans against the BJP and the minister.

During the protest, Lovely alleged that the NDA government at the Centre had turned a blind eye to the demands of the people and added to the burden of the masses. “The ordinary person’s mode of transport, such as the railways, is being turned into a system that will provide more facilities to the rich,” Lovely claimed, adding that the Budget was direction-less and anti-people.

Senior leader Haroon Yusuf said, “Throughout the elections, the BJP criticised the Congress for introducing FDI. As soon as it (BJP) came to power, it is talking about FDI.”

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He added that the previous NDA government had sold properties at throw-away prices and the Congress now fears that the same will happen with railways.

During the demonstration, Congress workers reportedly pulled out the nameplate outside Gowda’s residence and party chief spokesperson Mukesh Sharma reportedly stood on it.

However, the party was quick to distance itself from the act. “We condemn and apologise for the incident. It is not part of our culture,” Yusuf said.

Lovely, however, claimed that the nameplate had fallen off “by accident” and insisted that party workers had protested with decorum. Both leaders also said they were at a distance from the workers the minister’s residence was attacked. “But as soon as we found out we stopped them,” they said.