Congress’s “Gherao PM’s Home” Protest Today, Police On Alert: 10 Points

Ahead of the march, Congress leaders have gathered at the party headquarters in Delhi.

New Delhi:
The Congress today is protesting against rising prices, unemployment and GST rate hike. In Delhi, the party leaders are marching to the Rashtrapati Bhawan. The party’s state units will hold similar protests across the country.

Here are 10 facts about this big story:

  1. Congress Working Committee (CWC) members and senior leaders will take part in “PM House gherao” while Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha MPs will hold a “Chalo Rashtrapati Bhavan” from Parliament, the party said in a statement.

  2. The administration has imposed prohibitory orders banning large gatherings in parts of Delhi ahead of the Congress march. Citing the restrictions, Delhi police has denied permission to the Congress for holding a protest in the national capital.

  3. Ahead of the protest, Rahul Gandhi said, “We’re witnessing the death of democracy. 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.”

  4. Mr Gandhi claimed that the sole agenda of the government is that people’s issues such as price rise, unemployment and violence in the society must not be raised.

  5. The Delhi traffic police has issued an advisory saying the traffic movement will be affected in parts of Lutyens’ Delhi.

  6. Delhi police say special arrangements have been made and diversions will be suggested as per expected spots of congestion on major roads.

  7. Ahead of the march, Congress leaders gathered at the party headquarters in Delhi.

  8. Top Congress leaders held a meeting on Tuesday to deliberate on the party’s strategy for today’s nationwide protest.

  9. Congress has been continuously raising questions against the price rise and the hike in the Goods and Service Tax (GST). Congress MPs have been staging protests both inside and outside Parliament on these issues.

  10. The protests come at a time when the Enforcement Directorate is questioning Congress president Sonia Gandhi and MP Rahul Gandhi over a case linked to the National Herald newspaper.

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