After Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification from the Lok Sabha, the Congress on Sunday initiated a day-long “Sankalp Satyagraha” in support of him at Delhi’s Rajghat.
Senior leaders KC Venugopal, P Chidambaram, Salman Khurshid, and General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra were among the top Congress leaders who participated in the satyagraha at Rajghat.
Jairam Ramesh, Mukul Wasnik, Pawan Kumar Bansal, Saktisinh Gohil, Jothimani, Pratibha Singh and Manish Chatrath were also present at the protest site. Several party officials from Delhi joined the protest, and despite the police’s refusal to allow the satyagraha, a sizable crowd of supporters gathered outside the venue.
According to a letter from the Delhi Police, prohibitory orders under Section 144 CrPC had been put in place in and around Rajghat, and the request to hold the satyagraha was denied for concerns of law & order and traffic.
Although permission to hold the satyagraha was denied, a top police officer claimed that suitable security measures had been implemented.
In response to the Delhi Police’s action, Venugopal said on Twitter, “After silencing our voice in Parliament, the government has refused to let us hold a peaceful satyagraha at Bapu’s (Mahatma Gandhi) samadhi as well. It has become a habit for the Modi government to disallow every opposition protest. This will not deter us, our fight for truth, against tyranny goes on.”
Gandhi was disqualified from the Lok Sabha on Friday, a day after being found guilty of defamation in a case in Surat, Gujarat.
As of now, RaGa, (52), a four-time MP, will not be eligible to run in elections for eight years unless a higher court upends the conviction.
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