Congress to Hold Nationwide Protest Against GST, Price Rise; Sec 144 Imposed in Delhi, Security Tightened


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Congress has planned a nationwide protest against price rise, unemployment, and imposition of Goods and Services Tax on food items on Friday. The party had decided to hold a ‘Chalo Rashtrapati Bhavan’ march from Parliament to President’s House by Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha MPs, while other senior leaders and workers will also gherao the prime minister’s residence.

Section 144 has been imposed in the entire area of New Delhi district, except Jantar Mantar. Barricades have been put up at Akbar Road, Delhi and police are present as Congress workers have started arriving near the party office.

Delhi Police has written a letter to KC Venugopal informing that section 144 has been imposed in the entire New Delhi area except Jantar Mantar, so no protest will be allowed and a warning has been issued. Sources have suggested that Delhi police, acting on intelligence inputs, has tightened security, especially around the PM’s residence and the house of all VVIPs.

This comes in the backdrop of the Enforcement Directorate’s in the National Herald case, where both Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi have been questioned in the past. On Thursday the ED searched the Young Indian offices at Herald House after summoning Leader of Opposition and Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge while Parliament was in session. The congress alleged that this was ‘Modishahi reaching a new low’.

Searches were conducted at 10-12 locations on Tuesday, in relation to the case where Herald House was a focal location. August 5 was chosen as a day to protest against the issues pertaining to the common man.

However, this is also a show of strength by the Congress party, according to sources.

Senior party leader Rahul Gandhi, who speaking on the ED probe yesterday told the press that he is ‘not afraid of Modi’, will hold a press conference at 9:30am today at AICC.

(With agency inputs)

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