"India is a police state, (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi is a king," Rahul Gandhi said before his detention
NEW DELHI — Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, along with other Congress MPs, was detained on Tuesday during a protest march from Parliament house to the Rashtrapati Bhavan in wake of the party’s interim president Sonia Gandhi’s questioning by the Enforcement Directorate (ED), as well as no discussion of important issues in Parliament.
According to reports, Rahul Gandhi was detained after he led the protest and sat on a road in the heart of the capital while his mother Sonia Gandhi was being questioned by the Enforcement Directorate.
Surrounded by scores of policemen, Rahul sat on Rajpath – the high security avenue near parliament and top government offices – as he protested over a range of issues from price rise and GST to the targeting of opposition leaders by probe agencies.
After a stand-off with the Police, Rahul was detained by the policemen who lifted him and put him in the bus along with other MPs who had already been detained.
“What is the problem? We want to go there to meet the President and handover the memorandum. Why are we not allowed?” Rahul Gandhi could be heard while he was talking to a Delhi Police official.
“India is a police state, (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi is a king,” Rahul Gandhi said before his detention, reports NDTV.
The Congress MPs were protesting over the opposition “being silenced” in parliament a day after four party MPs were suspended for the entire monsoon session. However, as they moved forward to give a memorandum to President Droupadi Murmu, the Delhi Police stopped them midway near Vijay Chowk.
The protesting Congress leaders, holding placards, were raising slogans against the ED and Central government.
Visuals from the spot show female Congress MPs being dragged by the police personnel and bundled in a bus.
Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, is reported to have said that, “We’re protesting as per the instruction of the police. All of this is a conspiracy by PM Modi and Amit Shah to completely destroy the opposition and muzzle our voices. We won’t be scared, our fight will continue.”
(With media inputs)