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Rahul leads Opposition protest: ‘PM acted against CBI director out of fear’

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and Ashok Gehlot lead a march in New Delhi Friday. (Express Photo/Prem Nath Pandey)

The Congress on Friday got the support of some other opposition parties in its battle with the BJP government on the Rafale fighter jet deal issue, with leaders of Trinamool Congress and CPI joining its chief Rahul Gandhi at a protest outside the CBI headquarters here. The Congress had linked the government’s decision to send CBI director Alok Verma on leave with the Rafale row.

Sources said the Opposition plans to meet President Ram Nath Kovind over the CBI director’s removal, which it alleges was illegal and male fide.

The Congress, which has sought an appointment with the President, had so far been waging a rather lonely battle against the government on the Rafale issue.

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and Ashok Gehlot lead a march in New Delhi Friday. (Express Photo/Prem Nath Pandey)

The Congress on Friday got the support of some other opposition parties in its battle with the BJP government on the Rafale fighter jet deal issue, with leaders of Trinamool Congress and CPI joining its chief Rahul Gandhi at a protest outside the CBI headquarters here. The Congress had linked the government’s decision to send CBI director Alok Verma on leave with the Rafale row.

Sources said the Opposition plans to meet President Ram Nath Kovind over the CBI director’s removal, which it alleges was illegal and male fide.

The Congress, which has sought an appointment with the President, had so far been waging a rather lonely battle against the government on the Rafale issue.

Rahul led a march from Dyal Singh College to the CBI headquarters here around 12.30 pm. Hundreds of party workers joined Rahul, who was accompanied by senior Congress leaders like Ahmed Patel, Ashok Gehlot, Motilal Vora, Ambika Soni and Veerappa Moily apart from the leaders from other parties. The march was stopped by police barricades near the CGO complex, after which Rahul spent around 30 minutes sitting on the roof of a mini-truck amid sloganeering. Later, he made a brief speech, targeting PM Narendra Modi.

“He (Modi) snatched money from countrymen and gave it a businessman under debt of Rs 45,000 crore. He removed the CBI director out of fear. The Congress will not let the chowkidar steal. The Congress, CPI , TMC, all the opposition parties will not the chowkidar steal,” Rahul said.

Rahul Gandhi after coming out of the police station. (Express Photo/Abhinav Saha)

“Modi has destroyed each and every institution in the country. Be it CBI, EC, Parliament or legislative assemblies, Modi is attacking each and every institution. And there is only one reason behind it, chowkidar…” Rahul said, letting the crowd respond “chor hai”.

Later, Rahul, along with 130 Congress leaders and workers including Gehlot, Deepinder Singh Hooda, Sushmita Deb and Jitin Prasada, courted arrest and were detained and taken to Lodhi Road police station. They were released in about half-an-hour, AICC communications in-charge Randeep Singh Surjewala said.

After coming out of the police station, Rahul reiterated his lines on the Rafale row — that Modi put crores in Anil Ambani’s pocket and that “the chowkidar removed the CBI director out of fear”.

“The Congress will not allow the chowkidar to steal… The Prime Minister can run but he cannot hide the truth. The truth will come out. Removing the CBI director will not make any difference. In the end the country will come to know that the chowkidar had put Rs 30,000 crore in Anil Ambani’s pocket,” he said.

Rahul did not react to the Supreme Court order. “That is a procedure that is carrying on. I do not want to comment on that, but, what I will say is that the Prime Minister acted against the director of the CBI as a result of panic, as a result of fear because he has helped Anil Ambani with Rs 30,000 crore business,” he said.

“No matter what the government does, it will not be able to jail the truth. People across the country are taking to the streets and showing PM the mirror of reality,” Rahul tweeted.

Replicating the Delhi protests, marches were taken out by the Congress in Patna, Hyderabad, Gandhinagar, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh and Hyderabad among other cities. While police briefly detained protesters at several places and released them later, there were no reports of violence.

 

 

News credit : Msn.com

 

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