Police detained Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and other Congress leaders from outside the party headquarters in Delhi today when they were protesting against unemployment and price-rise.
Dressed in black like other party leaders as a mark of protest, she earlier climbed over barricades to reach the spot where she held a brief sit-in before being taken away by cops.
Her brother, Congress MP Rahul Gandhi, too was detained a little while before she was. The leaders were restricted to a hall in Kingsway Camp in GTB Nagar.
Before starting a planned march to Rashtrapati Bhavan and a “gherao” of the Prime Minister’s house, Congress MPs led led by party chief Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi wore black clothes to Parliament. Proceedings were adjourned as Congress members created an uproar over the alleged misuse of probe agencies and the government “ignoring people’s issues”.
A statement from the party said its Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha members would hold a “Chalo Rashtrapati Bhavan” march from Parliament. Congress Working Committee (CWC) members and other senior leaders planned to take part in “PM House gherao”.
But the police barricaded key areas to disallow the plan on security grounds. The administration had imposed prohibitory orders banning large gatherings in parts of Delhi ahead of the Congress march. Citing these restrictions, police had denied permission for the protest.
Ahead of the protest today, Rahul Gandhi said, “We’re witnessing the death of democracy.”
Democracy is a memory. pic.twitter.com/CnobQwSm44
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) August 5, 2022
“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,” he said.
The BJP retorted with a jibe, asking if there’s democracy within the Congress, calling it a “dynastic” party.