The Congress’ march to Rashtrapati Bhawan against the contentious farm laws passed by the Centre was halted by the Delhi Police and several Congress leaders including Priyanka Gandhi, KC Venugopal and Randeep Singh Surjewala were taken into preventive custody. They were taken away by the police in a bus and are likely to be released shortly.
Only a small delegation that included party MP Rahul Gandhi and Ghulam Nabi Azad was allowed to enter the Rashtrapati Bhawan to submit a memorandum seeking President Ram Nath Kovind’s intervention for withdrawal of the farm laws. Notably, the memorandum submitted to President Kovind has over 2 crore signatures.
No democracy in India, says Rahul Gandhi
Following the meeting with the President, Rahul Gandhi said, “I want to tell the Prime Minister that these farmers are not going to go back home until these farm laws are repealed. The government should convene a joint session of parliament and take back these laws. Opposition parties stand with farmers and labourers.”
He added that there is no democracy in India. “It is only in imagination, not in reality.”
Priyanka Gandhi attacks Centre
Priyanka Gandhi, during the protest, said any dissent against this government is classified as having elements of terror. She added we are undertaking this march to voice our support for the farmers. Priyanka Gandhi also hit out at the government saying it’s a sin to say farmers are anti-nationals.
She said, “Sometimes they say we are so weak that we do not qualify as Opposition and sometimes, they say that we are so powerful that we have made lakhs of farmers camp at the border (of Delhi) for a month. They should first decide what we are.”
Opposition parties, which tried to block the farm bills in parliament, had earlier requested the President not to sign on the bills. The bills, they had said, were passed in the Rajya Sabha in an undemocratic manner. The President, however, had given his assent to all three bills. Rahul Gandhi was part of the opposition’s meeting with President Kovind on December 9.
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