The leaders and workers of the district Congress took out a protest march in Gurdaspur and blocked traffic and burnt effigies of the Modi government and the Badal government on the Grand Trunk road at the Jahaz Chowk, here on Saturday, to protest against National Herald case against All India Congress Committee president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi.
The protesters assembled at the Congress Bhavan in Gurdaspur before they marched to the Jahaz Chowk, shouting slogans against the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre and the Parkash Singh Badal-led government in Punjab.
District Congress Committee president and Dera Baba Nanak MLA Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, who led the protest, while addressing the protesters said the BJP had was baffled to see the Congress victory in the bypoll for a parliamentary seat in Madhya Pradesh recently.
Randhawa said National Herald Company was an autonomous body in which the office bearers got no monetary profit.
Randhawa said the Narendra Modi government had filed a suit through BJP leader Subramaniam Swami against Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi and others under a political vendetta, which was not acceptable to the Congress party workers across the country.
Randhawa said earlier the then prime minister Morarji Desai had committed the folly of sending the former prime minister late Indira Gandhi to jail and in protest to her arrest, the Congress workers had filled the jails of the country.
DCC president and Congress MLA said if anything harmful happened to Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi in the said case, the Congress workers would court arrest in every town and city of the country.
Fatehgarh Churian MLA Tripat Rajinder Singh Bajwa said the Modi government wanted to get the GST Bill passed in the parliament by pressurising the Congress. Bajwa said Congress itself was willing to get that Bill passed in the parliament, but the Modi government had added objectionable amendments to the Bill, which were not acceptable to the party.
PPCC member Raman Bahl and others also spoke during the protest.