Save Democracy march: Sonia, Rahul, Cong leaders detained, then freed

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 06, 2016 12:57 IST
Congress president Sonia Gandhi speaks at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi during the Save Democracy march. (ANI photo)

The Congress organising a ‘Save Democracy’ march on Friday morning in

Protesting against the NDA’s alleged “all-out attack”on the Congress-ruled state governments, universities, students and parliamentary institutions, the Opposition party organised a ‘Save Democracy’ march on Friday from Jantar Mantar to the Parliament.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi launched a scathing attack on the ruling BJP party, saying those who “stand against them, speak against them face false allegations”.

Here are the live updates from the march as it happened

11:45 am:  All the Congress leaders detained are let off after completion of formalities.

11:30 am: More than 12 leaders including Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Manmohan Singh, Ahmad Patel, AK Antony, Sachin Pilot and Scindia, detained under section 65 DP act.

11:10 am: Congress begins its ‘Save Democracy’ march from Jantar Mantar to Parliament.

10:55 am: “Fighting anti-national forces is not a new thing for the Congress. The party knows how to stand up to those who threaten harmony and brotherhood in the country” says Sonia Gandhi.

10:45 am : “BJP doesn’t know what Congress is made of. Life has taught me to struggle, we have faced a lot of challenges,” says Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

“The forests of Uttarakhand are burning and there is no government to take care of the situation”, she adds.

10: 40 am: “Where are the 2 crore jobs that PM Modi offered,” asks Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi.

- “RSS’ Mohan Bhagwat and PM Modi are ruining India,” Rahul Gandhi adds.

10: 30 am: Congress is like a flowing river,no matter how many false allegations you level against it, it will not divert from its path, said former prime minister Manmohan Singh

- By destabilising Congress govts in Uttarakhand, AP, PM Modi has attacked democracy. Now they are eyeing other Cong govts adds the former PM.

Coming amid an escalating confrontation over the AgustaWestland chopper scam in Parliament, the Congress is expected to talk about NDA’s alleged campaign of “deceit and deliberate lies” against the opposition. The march is also expected to highlight the drought and agrarian crisis which has led to a spate of suicides by farmers and affected 40 crore people in 10 states.

The Congress president Sonia Gandhi, former prime minister Manmohan Singh and party vice-president Rahul Gandhi among others will address the gathering at Jantar Mantar. Sonia will later lead the march to the Parliament House.

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