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Congress Protest Highlights: Over 300 protesters, including Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka, detained in Delhi

Congress Protest Highlights: Security was tightened in several places and Section 144 was clamped down across the New Delhi area, except Jantar Mantar. As the protests also took place in other places across the country, several demonstrators  were also detained in Mumbai, Chandigarh among other places.

By: Express Web Desk
New Delhi | Updated: August 5, 2022 10:33:09 pm
Detained Congress MPs, including Rahul Gandhi, at at Police Lines Kingsway Camp. (ANI)

Congress Protest Highlights: Over 300 Congress leaders, including Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi as well as Shashi Tharoor, were detained in Delhi on Friday amid the party’s nationwide protest against the Centre on issues of inflation, unemployment and GST on food items. “Total 335 protesters including 65 MPs have been detained under 65 Delhi Police Act in order to maintain law & order in the area… The protesters tried to obstruct the police officers from performing their duties, manhandled & injured them. Appropriate legal action is being taken,” news agency ANI quoted Delhi Police as saying.

Earlier in the day, Rahul Gandhi  launched a scathing attack against the government, saying India was no longer a democracy, but a dictatorship. “India is witnessing the death of democracy,” he said in a press conference. “What India has built brick by brick, starting almost a century ago, is being destroyed in front of your eyes. Anybody who stands against this idea of onset of dictatorship is viciously attacked, jailed, arrested and beaten up.”

Security was tightened in several places and Section 144 was clamped down across the New Delhi area, except Jantar Mantar. As the protests also took place in other places across the country, several demonstrators  were also detained in Mumbai, Chandigarh among other places.

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18:54 (IST)05 Aug 2022
Over 300 protesters detained in Delhi

As many as 335 protesters including 65 MPs have been detained under 65 Delhi Police Act in order to maintain law and order in Delhi during Congress's protest against the Centre over price rise. Intimation about detention of MPs/MLAs is being sent to the respective competent authorities, said Delhi Police. "Congress supporters organized a protest in Delhi today. Orders u/s 144 CrPC are also in force in Delhi. The protestors tried to obstruct the police officers from performing their duties, manhandled & injured them. Appropriate legal action is being taken," the police said.

18:51 (IST)05 Aug 2022
Congress's 'black protest' against price rise

Black was the colour of the protest for the Congress on Friday --from Kurtas and headgears to scarves and sarees-- were among the sartorial choices the party leaders opted for as part of a novel protest to draw the government's attention to what they said was a "grim" economic situation in the country.

The 136-year-old party which is known for its traditional approach to protests sprang a surprise with what many saw as an out-of-the-box messaging by deciding to have black as the dress code for its nationwide protest against price rise, hike in GST on essential items and unemployment. --PTI

16:09 (IST)05 Aug 2022
Police use water cannon to disperse Congress protesters in Chandigarh

The police use water cannon to disperse the Congress leaders and workers in Chandigarh who have been protesting against the Centre over the issues of inflation and unemployment.

14:59 (IST)05 Aug 2022
Punjab Congress hold protest Chandigarh

Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh Raja Warring along with other leaders & party workers hold a protest against the Central govt over issues of inflation & unemployment

14:57 (IST)05 Aug 2022
Chandigarh: On their way to Raj Bhavan, protesting Haryana Congress leaders detained by police

Amid nationwide protests by the Congress on the issues of inflation, unemployment and GST on essential food items, Haryana Congress workers, led by Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee president Udai Bhan and Congress Legislature Party leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda, were detained by the police Friday as they held a protest march in Chandigarh.

The Congress leaders, who started the protest march this noon from Congress party headquarters in Sector 9, were headed to Haryana Raj Bhavan but they were not allowed to reach the governor’s residence. Read more

14:00 (IST)05 Aug 2022
Congress MPs including Rahul Gandhi detained at Police Lines Kingsway Camp

Several Congress MPs, including Rahul Gandhi, have been detained at Police Lines Kingsway Camp in New Delhi. 

13:34 (IST)05 Aug 2022
Watch | Police haul Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra into vehicle, detain her
13:22 (IST)05 Aug 2022
Police detain Priyanka Gandhi outside AICC HQ

Delhi police detained Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra outside the AICC headquarters, where she was protesting with other party leaders and workers. Take a look. 

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13:20 (IST)05 Aug 2022
Chandigarh | Congress members protest against the Central govt

Congress leaders and party workers in Punjab, too, joined the nationwide protest against the Central Government over the issue of inflation. "Inflation is rising. Taxes are being imposed. We're apprehensive that we're hurtling towards a Sri Lanka-like crisis. We're staging a dharna to rouse goernment from slumber,"Punjab Congress chief Amrinder Singh Raja Warring told ANI. 

13:16 (IST)05 Aug 2022
In Pics | Outside AICC HQ, Congress workers clash with security personnel

Delhi police hauling protesters. (Express Photo)
Several Congress workers were detained. (Express Photo)

13:01 (IST)05 Aug 2022
Watch | Congress leader Rahul Gandhi detained amid protest
12:59 (IST)05 Aug 2022
Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra protests outside AICC HQ

Several Congress leaders, including Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, are protesting outside the AICC Headquarters in Delhi. 

12:52 (IST)05 Aug 2022
'He who is afraid of the truth threatens those who raise their voice!' says Rahul Gandhi

Amid the security clampdown on Congress leaders protesting against the Centre, Rahul Gandhi tweeted: "This dictatorial government is scared. From the condition of India, from the backbreaking inflation and historical unemployment, from the ruin brought by our policies. He who is afraid of the truth threatens those who raise their voice!"

12:35 (IST)05 Aug 2022
Delhi | Several Cong leaders, including Rahul Gandhi, Shashi Tharoor detained

Several Congress leaders, including Rahul Gandhi and Shashi Tharoor, were detained on Friday after launching a protest march from Parliament to Rashtrapati Bhavan against issues of inflation, unemployment and GST on food items. "Despite protesting peacefully, with no hint of violence or misbehaviour, Congress MPs have been detained at Vijay Chowk and are being carted off to a police station. This is unnecessary and undemocratic," tweeted Tharoor. 

12:24 (IST)05 Aug 2022
Bihar | Congress leaders protest against Central government over inflation, unemployment,
12:06 (IST)05 Aug 2022
In Pics | Congress leaders, led by Sonia Gandhi, march from Parliament to Rashtrapati Bhavan

Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi join protest from Parliament. (Express Photo by Praveen Khanna)
Congress leader Sonia Gandhi at the protest. (Express photo by Praveen Khanna)
Congress leaders protest against price rise, GST and rampant unemployment. (Express photo by Praveen Khanna)

12:04 (IST)05 Aug 2022
Stop blaming Indian democracy for people's repeated rejection of you: BJP to Rahul Gandhi

Hitting back at Rahul Gandhi, the BJP on Friday accused him of "blaming" Indian democracy and its institutions for the Congress' repeated defeat in polls under him and the ongoing ED probe against him in the National Herald case.

Shortly after Gandhi's press conference here, former Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the Congress leader made "shameful and irresponsible" comments and noted that it was his grandmother and then prime minister Indira Gandhi who had suspended people's democratic rights by imposing Emergency. (PTI)

12:01 (IST)05 Aug 2022
Congress leaders kick off protest march from Parliament to Rashtrapati Bhavan

Leaders of the Congress party on Friday kicked off their protest march from Parliament to Rashtrapati Bhavan to register against issues of inflation, unemployment and GST on food items.

Even as the Delhi Police shot off a letter to the party on Wednesday denying permission for the march, Congress MP Digvijaya Singh Thursday said, “All Congress MPs will march to Rashtrapati Bhavan tomorrow to raise the issues such as price rise and inflation.” With senior leaders of the party set to surround the residence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as part of their protest, Section 144 has been imposed across New Delhi, except in Jantar Mantar, police officials told news agency ANI. 

11:23 (IST)05 Aug 2022
Watch | Congress workers, leaders launch protest outside AICC headquarters
11:01 (IST)05 Aug 2022
'Hitler also won elections,' says Rahul Gandhi

Taking a jibe at the BJP government, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said that Hitler, too, won elections. 'How did he use to do it? He had control of all of Germany's institutions...Give me the entire system, then I will show you how elections are won,' he said.

Piyush Goyal and Mallikarjun Kharge (Photo: Congress/File)

Mallikarjun Kharge, Piyush Goyal spar in Rajya Sabha over ED summons to Congress leaders

Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge meanwhile sparred with Leader of the House Piyush Goyal on Thursday over ED summons issued to the Congress leaders. While  Kharge accused the central government of trying to demoralise and intimidate the Opposition, Goyal responded by claiming that the government does not interfere in the functioning of law-enforcement agencies.

Pointing out that he has been summoned by the ED at a time when Parliament is in session, Kharge asked if it was fair on the part of the agency to do so.

Raising the issue during the Question Hour, after an uproar from the Opposition over the alleged misuse of agencies by the government to target leaders, Congress leader Kharge said, “This House is functioning and I am the leader of the opposition parties. But right now, I have received a summons from the ED to appear before it when a Parliament session is on. Right now, when Parliament is functioning, is it fair on the part of the ED to summon me?”

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First published on: 05-08-2022 at 07:35:49 am
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