Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi will lead a “Save Democracy March” of party workers from Jantar Mantar to Parliament House on May 6. The march, that will start at 9 a.m., will be organised to highlight a host of issues starting from the Uttarakhand political crisis, drought, unemployment and the current state of the economy. The protestors will also gherao parliament.
“We will protest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government’s attempt to destabilize democratically elected government in Uttarakhand by using money and muscle power. This will be the major issue,” said Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala.
Stating that about 40 crore people in the country are affected by drought and at least 52 farmers were committing suicide each day, Surjewala said: “But these problems seemed to have fallen on deaf ears of Modi government. We would like to draw government’s attention to grave agricultural and rural crisis in our country.”
“Other issues like unemployment and current situation of the economy will also be raised. The march will be organized to draw the government’s attention to all the fundamental issues of the country, from which it is trying to escape,” the spokesperson added.
The Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi few days back had mounted a sharp attack on the Prime Minister and the BJP in the wake of the Uttarakhand crisis, saying it has exposed the “true face of Modiji’s BJP” and declared that the Congress would fight this “demagoguery with democracy”. Targeting the ruling party at the Centre over the issue, he said in a series of tweets, “Toppling elected Govts by indulging in horse trading & blatant misuse of money & muscle, seems to be BJP’s new model, after failure in Bihar”.
“Congress Party will fight demagoguery with democracy. This attack on our democracy & Constitution, first in Arunachal & now Uttarakhand, is the true face of Modiji’s BJP”, the Congress Vice President said.
(IANS and agencies)