Congress workers staged protests across the nation hours after former Congress president and Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi was disqualified as a Member of Parliament on 24 March, Friday, with effect from 23 March.
From Kerala to Delhi, Congress cadres took to the streets in support of Rahul Gandhi and raised slogans such as, “Rahul Gandhi you fight back, we are with you.”
Rahul was disqualified after he was convicted on Thursday by a Surat (Gujarat) court and sentenced to two years in prison in a defamation case over his 2019 campaign remark, “How come all thieves have Modi as the common surname?”
Meanwhile, several Congress leaders told South First that more protests would be launched against the decision in the coming days.
Protested across the country
In Telangana’s Sangareddy district, a rally was organised in Narayanakhed to protest against the criminal cases against Rahul Gandhi and the cancellation of his membership in Parliament.
The Block Congress Committee in Sulthan Bathery under Rahul Gandhi’s Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency also organised a protest march.
In Maharashtra, the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly staged a walkout as a mark of protest against the disqualification of Rahul Gandhi.
While asking Rahul Gandhi to fight back, the Opposition leaders raised slogans against the BJP-led Union government.
“Dictatorship will not work,” they chanted repeatedly.
मा. राहुलजी गांधी यांची खासदारकी रद्द करुन त्यांचा आवाज दडपू पाहणाऱ्या मोदी सरकारच्या निषेधार्थ विरोधापक्षाच्या सर्व आमदारांनी घोषणा देत मोदी सरकारचा निषेध नोंदवला. pic.twitter.com/xpQiCVIQLj
— Maharashtra Congress (@INCMaharashtra) March 24, 2023
In the national capital Delhi, the Congress workers took out a rally against the Lok Sabha and raised slogans in solidarity with Rahul Gandhi.
“Long live Rahul Gandhi,” the Congress cadres chanted.
Similar protests were organised by the Congress workers in Nagpur in Maharashtra and several parts of Uttar Pradesh — including state capital Lucknow, Jaunpur, and Amethi.
In Jaunpur, Congress supporters burnt an effigy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whereas in Amethi slogans against the BJP government were raised: “First we fought the white people (Britishers), now we will fight the thieves.”
जननायक श्री राहुल गांधी जी सदन में हिंदुस्तान के आवाम की आवाज़ हैं।
सत्ता ने साज़िश कर इस आवाज़ को दबाने की कोशिश की है।
इस ख़बर से आहत हुए कांग्रेसजनों द्वारा लखनऊ में किये गए प्रदर्शन की झलक… pic.twitter.com/82J6lpPpjM
— UP Congress (@INCUttarPradesh) March 24, 2023
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Opposition protests in Parliament
Earlier in the day, senior leaders of non-Congress parties such as the DMK, National Conference, RSP, VCK, JD(U), CPI(M), SP, SS, IUML, AAP, and the CPI attended a meeting convened by the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha in his office inside the Parliament complex.
Following the meeting, the Opposition MPs participated in a protest march from Parliament to Vijay Chowk, holding placards like “We demand JPC” and “Save LIC”, and a huge banner in front of them with “Democracy in Danger” written on it.
“We have been fighting for a JPC (Joint Parliamentary Committee) into the Adani case issue for months. They have a majority but the BJP is scared as there’s something fishy. We’ll keep fighting unitedly for it,” said Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge.
The AAP’s Sanjay Singh said Rahul Gandhi’s conviction showed that the Central government wanted to finish off the Opposition by slapping cases on them.
तानाशाही नहीं चलेगी pic.twitter.com/HGM55tM62t
— Delhi Congress (@INCDelhi) March 24, 2023