In a dramatic move at Jantar Mantar, Top leaders of the Congress party including Party President Sonia Gandhi, Vice President Rahul Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh were detained by Delhi police ahead of “save Democracy” rally of the party. However, after the Congress workers gathered in Jantar Mantar for the rally staged a protest against the arrest, leaders were released soon after the arrest.
Today’s rally and protest of Congress party is against the imposition of President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, two states where Congress governments rule, and against the destabilizing acts from the BJP camp against the ruling Congress government in Himachal Pradesh. However, more than the motto “save the democracy,” it is expected that the march and protest will be to save the face the Congress leadership which is facing heat in the controversial AgustaWestland chopper deal scam.
Addressing Congress supporters at Jantar Mantar, party president Sonia Gandhi said that Modi has no idea about the stuff what we have made of. Attacking the BJP Government directly she said that Congress party knows how to face those who attack democracy. “Life has taught me to fight,” she said.
Vice President Rahul Gandhi said that this nation does not belong to a single person.
“We are fighting for all whether its labour class, farmers,” he said.
In the presence a top Congress leaders, Rahul also said that nowadays who ever speaks against Bhagwat and PM Modi, he/she is targeted with false allegations. Rahul also came down heavily on the Modi government over severe drought crisis and farmers suicide cases. “The whole 40 percent of the entire country is reeling under severe drought, but PM Modi has nothing to say,” he added.
Meantime, the BJP workers have also started a counter-protest under Gandhi statue in Parliament. While the Congress rally was planned days ago, the BJP counter-protest was planned yesterday only to show the strength og the party.
“Let Sonia and Rahul be where ever they want, but we want to pray before Mahatma Gandhi and ask where the crores of money went in the Agusta chopper scam,” said BJP lawmaker Kirit Somaiya addressing the BJP workers.
The controversial AgustaWestland will surely make some echoes through out the rally and protest , since the Defence Minister made it clear that all investigation will be held against all those who are mentioned in Italian Court’s list.
“To divert the attention of people from issues like drought and unemployment, the Modi government has brought up the Agusta issue,”senior Congress leader Kamal Nath said.
The Congress leader Jairam Ramesh accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of “masterminding a conspiracy to implicate” the Congress leadership in the AgustaWestland case.”The cat is out by the manner in which the Prime Minister last night tweeted and hailed Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s reply in Rajya Sabha on the issue. It shows not only his mindset but his strategy too”, Ramesh said.