Cong march to President stopped, Priyanka taken into custody

Congress leaders led by Rahul Gandhi, marching to the Rashtrapati Bhavan, was stopped by the police before a small delegation was allowed to enter the presidential palace to submit to President Ram Nath Kovind a memorandum seeking his intervention for the withdrawal of the farm laws against which thousands of farmers have been protesting near Delhi for nearly a month.

Gandhi’s sister, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, and several other leaders, were taken into preventive custody by the police and sent away in a bus to a police station after they were stopped. They’re expected to be released shortly.

“Any dissent against this government is classified as having elements of terror. We are undertaking this march to voice our support for the farmers,” Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said, sitting on the road.

Priyanka again hit out at the Centre, calling the government a “sinner”.

“Sometimes they say we are so weak that we don’t qualify as Opposition and sometimes, they say that we are so powerful that we have made lakhs of farmers camp at the border (of Delhi) for a month. They should first decide what we are,” she told reporters from inside the green, DTC bus in which she and other leaders were kept.

“It is a sin to use the kind of names they used for farmers. If the government is calling them anti-nationals, then the government is a sinner,” she said.

After the meeting with the President, Rahul Gandhi said, “I want to tell PM Modi that farmers will not go back home if there’s no repeal of the farm laws. The Centre should call a joint session of Parliament and repeal the laws. All opposition parties are with the farmers.”

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