Congress Dressed in Black, Protests over Rahul Gandhi ‘s Disqualification

Seventeen opposition parties -- INC, DMK, SP, JDU, BRS, CPM, RJD, NCP, CPI, IUML, MDMK, KC, TMC, RSP, AAP, J&K NC, and Shiv Sena (UBT) also attended the meeting.

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Delhi: Congress on Monday dressed in black clothes took out a march from parliament to Vijay Chowk to protest against the government over the Adani issue and Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification from the Lok Sabha.

The protesters, including Congress MP Sonia Gandhi and party chief Mallikarjun Kharge, gathered near the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in the Parliament complex and raised slogans against the government according to PTI.

Holding a huge “Satyamev Jayate” banner and placards with “save democracy” written on them, the MPs proceeded towards Vijay Chowk where they staged a sit-in.

“How has Adani’s wealth multiplied so much in the last few years. When you are going to foreign countries how many times have you taken the industrialist with you. The PM has not been able to give answers to questions raised against Adani,” Kharge told reporters at Vijay Chowk.

“We want a JPC on the Adani issue. Why is the government not agreeing to this? Why are you scared of a JPC probe… it means ‘dal mein kuchh kala hai’ (something is wrong),” he said.

The opposition has been seeking a joint parliamentary committee probe into the allegations of corporate fraud and stock price manipulations against the Adani Group.

Kharge also raised the issue of Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification as MP after a Surat court convicted and sentenced him in a 2019 criminal defamation case.

We want the truth to come out. If #Adani’s assets have increased in just two and a half years, what can be the reason behind it? If he has magic that can do that, we would like to tell the same to the citizens: #Congress president #MallikarjunKharge

“You want to defame Rahul Gandhi that is why you transferred the case to Gujarat even as the comments were made in Kolar in Karnataka. Today is a black day for democracy,” Kharge said.

Kharge said opposition MPs were dressed in black as the prime minister is “finishing” democracy.

Tamilnadu Congress leaders also registered their protest by wearing black clothes.

Trinamool Congress, which has so far stayed away from opposition protests, joined the sit-in on Monday.

The Trinamool’s Prasun Banerjee and Jawahar Sircar today joined the strategy meeting in the office of Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge, indicating a major shift by Mamata Banerjee’s party since it declared it would stay equidistant from both the Congress and the BJP.

The Trinamool asserted that its support was restricted to the Rahul Gandhi protest as it believed that the Opposition should be united on this.

Youth Congress members have also started the Sansad Gherao protest at Jantar Mantar.

Reacting to the Trinamool’s surprise move, Mr Kharge said the Congress welcomed anyone who came forward to “protect democracy”.

Chandrasekhar Rao’s Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS), a rival of the Congress in Telangana, also joined the “black shirt” protest along with the Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray).

Seventeen opposition parties — INC, DMK, SP, JDU, BRS, CPM, RJD, NCP, CPI, IUML, MDMK, KC, TMC, RSP, AAP, J&K NC, and Shiv Sena (UBT) also attended the meeting at the Parliament complex to discuss a strategy to take forward the Adani issue as well as Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification matter in Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha.

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