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Congress protest Highlights: Targetted by BJP as we fight for ideology, says Rahul Gandhi

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22:20 IST Ritika Shah

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20:17 IST Ritika Shah

Targetted by BJP as we fight for ideology, says Congress leader Rahul Gandhi

"Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) attacked the Gandhi family because we fight for one ideology and there are crores of people in our country like us," Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said. The remarks came after Home Minister Amit Shah hit out at the Congress for holding nationwide protests on August 5, claiming that the grand-old-party deliberately chose the date as they oppose the Ram temple in Ayodhya.

"We fight for democracy, we fight for communal harmony and have been fighting for years. Only I have not done this, it has been happening for years. My family has given life. It is our responsibility to fight for our ideologies. We are pained to see when India is divided on communal lines and when Hindus and Muslims fight. This is not a family, this is an ideology," the Congress leader said.

19:41 IST Ritika Shah

After Amit Shah, Yogi Adityanath attacks Congress over protests

After Home Minister Amit Shah, Uttar Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath attacked Congress and said their protests was an insult to Ram Bhakts.

19:27 IST Ritika Shah

Amit Shah questions Congress's 'black protest', links it to Ram Mandir

Union Home Minister Amit Shah has hit out at the Congress for holding a protest on August 5, claiming that thgrand-old party deliberately chose the date as they oppose the Ram temple in Ayodhya.

19:04 IST Ritika Shah

Congress MPs leave from New Police Lines Kingsway Camp PS

Congress MP Rahul Gandhi, Party's Gen Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and other Congress leaders left from New Police Lines Kingsway Camp PS.

19:00 IST Ritika Shah

Congress MPs released after 6 hours of detention, says Jairam Ramesh

Congress MPs have just been released after being detained for almost 6 hours for protesting peacefully and democratically against price rise, unemployment and GST, tweeted Jairam Ramesh.

18:54 IST Ritika Shah

Congress's 'black protest' against price rise

Black was the colour of the protest for the Congress on Friday --from Kurtas and headgears to scarves and sarees-- were among the sartorial choices the party leaders opted for as part of a novel protest to draw the government's attention to what they said was a "grim" economic situation in the country.

The 136-year-old party which is known for its traditional approach to protests sprang a surprise with what many saw as an out-of-the-box messaging by deciding to have black as the dress code for its nationwide protest against price rise, hike in GST on essential items and unemployment, reported PTI.

18:53 IST Ritika Shah

Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi freed from detention

Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi, who were detained by police during the protests against price rise and inflation have been released.

18:52 IST Ritika Shah

335 protestors detained during Congress protests, say Delhi Police

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18:02 IST Ritika Shah

If govt dosen't allow discussion on price rise, we will take it to streets: Congress MP Deepender Hooda

"We want to discuss unemployment in Parliament and appeal to the government to control inflation and take back the Agnipath scheme. If they won't let us allow us to discuss, then we'll come on the roads,"Congress MP Deepender Hooda said.

17:04 IST Ritika Shah

Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel enters Kingsway camp after Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi detained

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel entered Kingsway camp as Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanaka Gandhi were detained.

16:45 IST Ritika Shah

Congress not letting Parliament function, says BJP MP Hema Malini

"I will not comment on the Congress protests over inflation. Our government, PM Modi and Amit Shah will decide what has to be done. They (Congress) aren't letting the Parliament function," BJP MP Hema Malini told ANI.

16:29 IST Ritika Shah

Congress leaders and workers hold protest in Rajasthan

Congress leaders and workers held a protest against the Central govt in Jodhpur over the issues of unemployment and inflation.

16:44 IST Ritika Shah

Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi detained during Congress protest against price rise

Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and other Congress leaders have been detained at New Police Lines Kingsway Camp PS.

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15:37 IST Ritika Shah

Several shell companies used for transactions with Young Indian company, say ED sources

During the course of the investigation in the National Herald case, the ED came across several shell companies which were used for transactions with the Young Indian company. So far, Kolkata-based Dotex Merchandise was the only company in the public domain. ED has come across several other shell companies in addition to Hawala transactions/operators.

(With inputs from Munish Pandey)

15:24 IST Ritika Shah

No proof of Moti Lal Vora handling financial transactions: ED sources

Sources close to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) have said that none of the Congress leaders called in for questioning gave any documents to prove that all financial transactions linked to Associated Journal Limited (AJL) and Young Indian Private Limited were handled by late Moti Lal Vohra.

15:17 IST Ritika Shah

Police use water cannons to disperse Congress workers in Chandigarh

Police used water cannons to disperse Congress leaders in Chandigarh who have been protesting against the Central govt over the issues of inflation and unemployment.

15:15 IST Ritika Shah

'Why is Congress scared of investigating agencies': Union Minister Anurag Thakur

Union Minister Anurag Thakur was quoted by ANI as saying, "Why is Congress scared of investigating agencies? What are they hiding? Putting pressure on these agencies is not fair. They're only doing their work." (sic)

13:35 IST Shreyasi Jha

Watch | Priyanka Gandhi Vadra jumps over police barricade during protest

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra jumped over a police barricade placed near AICC during the party's protest against price rise and unemployment in Delhi.

13:10 IST Shreyasi Jha

Former Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat detained

Congress leader and former Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat was detained by police during party's protest against the Central govt on price rise and unemployment in Delhi.

13:31 IST Shreyasi Jha

Police detains Priyanka Gandhi now

Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was also detained while marching to Rashtrapati Bhavan.

13:01 IST Shreyasi Jha

Watch | Rahul Gandhi detained during the protest

Congress MP Rahul Gandhi was detained by police during a protest against the Central government on price rise and unemployment in Delhi.

12:53 IST Shreyasi Jha

Watch | Priyanka Gandhi Vadra sits on protest outside the AICC headquarter

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra sits on a protest with other leaders and workers of the party outside the AICC headquarter.

12:51 IST Shreyasi Jha

Some MPs detained, beaten up: Rahul Gandhi at Vijay Chowk

Rahul Gandhi, who was detained while marching to Rashtrapati Bhavan on Friday, said, "All Congress MPs were marching towards Rashtrapati Bhawan to raise the issue of inflation and price rise but they are not allowing us to go ahead from here. Our job is to raise the issues of the people...Some MPs are detained, some were also beaten up."

12:48 IST Shreyasi Jha

See Pics | Rahul Gandhi, Shashi Tharoor among other Cong leaders detained during protest

Several Congress MPs, including Rahul Gandhi and Shashi Tharoor, were detained by police during a protest against the Central government on price rise and unemployment.

14:36 IST Shreyasi Jha

We are bound to voice grievances the burdens and the fears of the people: P Chidambaram

Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram said, "This protest is about price rise and Agnipath. Price rise affects everybody. As a political party and as elected representatives, we are bound to voice the grievances, the burdens and the fears of the people. This is what we are doing."

12:39 IST Shreyasi Jha

All MPs will offer themselves for arrest, we are trying to march ahead: Rajeev Shukla

Congress MP Rajeev Shukla, who is also participating in the protest march, said, "We were trying to march to Rashtrapati Bhavan but the police stopped us. They say Section 144 CrPC has been imposed & they're not allowing us to protest. All MPs will offer themselves for arrest. We are trying to march ahead. We are fighting for the issues of people."

12:38 IST Shreyasi Jha

Sonia Gandhi leads protest march against inflation, unemployment

Congress interim president & MP Sonia Gandhi leads protest of party MPs against inflation and unemployment in Parliament.

12:26 IST Shreyasi Jha

Congress members stage protest in Bihar too

Congress members stage a protest against the Central government over inflation and unemployment in Patna.

12:25 IST Shreyasi Jha

Congress workers protest in Hyderabad over inflation, unemployment

Congress workers and leaders protest in Hyderabad over inflation and unemployment.

12:41 IST Abhishek Chakraborty

Watch | Rahul Gandhi, other Congress leaders detained for staging dharna outside Parliament

Rahul Gandhi and other Congress leaders have been detained for staging dharna outside Parliament.

12:08 IST Abhishek Chakraborty

Congress workers take to streets in J&K

Congress workers protesting inflation and GST rate hike have taken to the streets in Jammu & Kashmir.

12:05 IST Abhishek Chakraborty

Rahul Gandhi joins MPs on dharna outside Parliament

Congress MPs Rahul Gandhi, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, and KC Venugopal sit on dharna outside Parliament.

11:57 IST Abhishek Chakraborty

Congress MPs stopped outside Vijay Chowk

Congress MPs protesting inflation, and unemployment stopped outside Vijay Chowk.

14:38 IST Abhishek Chakraborty

Inflation has risen beyond the limit, govt will have to do something: Priyanka Gandhi

Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said that inflation has risen beyond the limit and the government will have to do something about it. "This is why we're fighting," she added.

14:33 IST Abhishek Chakraborty

Mallikarjun Kharge convenes parliamentary party meet to prepare protest strategy against govt

Mallikarjun Kharge has convened a Congress parliamentary party meet to prepare a protest strategy against the government.

11:43 IST Abhishek Chakraborty

Govt scared of the devastation its policies have brought: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi tweets that the government is scared of the "devastation its policies have brought".

11:36 IST Shreyasi Jha

Watch | Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra arrives at party HQ in Delhi

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra arrives at party HQ in Delhi. The party has called a nationwide protest today against unemployment and inflation.

11:14 IST Shreyasi Jha

Watch | Congress begins nationwide protest over unemployment, inflation

Congress workers protest outside the party HQ in Delhi, as their nationwide protest over unemployment and inflation begins.

11:04 IST Shreyasi Jha

Stop demeaning ED to save yourself: Ravi Shankar Prasad to Rahul Gandhi

Responding to Rahul Gandhi's allegations on Friday, BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the Congress leader is not serious about politics and asked him not to blame institutions. "Stop demeaning the institution to save yourself," Prasad told Rahul Gandhi.

10:57 IST Shreyasi Jha

BJP attacks Gandhi family because we fight for an ideology: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi also said today that the BJP attacks the Gandhi family because we fight for an ideology. "Why do they attack the Gandhi family? They do it because we fight for an ideology and there are crores of people like us. We fight for democracy, for communal harmony and we have been doing this for years. It's not just me who did that, it has been happening for years."

10:55 IST Shreyasi Jha

Mallikarjun Kharge wears black kurta, turban in protest against price rise, unemployment

Meanwhile, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge wears a black kurta and turban in protest against price rise and unemployment.

10:52 IST Shreyasi Jha

Paramilitary force deployed at Indian Youth Congress office near Parliament

Meanwhile, to stop the protest by Congress leaders, Delhi Police have put barricades at the entry gate of the Indian Youth Congress office near Parliament House. Delhi Police and paramilitary forces have been deployed at the gate.

10:47 IST Shreyasi Jha

Watch | Rahul Gandhi compares PM Modi with Hitler, says Hitler had also won elections

Comparing PM Modi with Hitler, Rahul Gandhi said, "Hitler had also won elections, he too used to win elections. How did he use to do it? He had control of all of Germany's institutions...Give me the entire system, then I will show you how elections are won."

10:45 IST Shreyasi Jha

It's a tact to divert attention from the fact that they have been caught red-handed: BJP's Gaurav Bhatia

Soon after Rahul Gandhi's press conference, BJP's Gaurav Bhatia said, "Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi had got bail in 2015 in the National Herald case. This case was filed long back and they were not even raising such issues (that ED is being controlled) then. It's just a tact to divert attention from the fact that they have been caught red-handed. Bhatia's comments came after Rahul Gandhi alleged that ED and other independent institutions were being controlled by the BJP and the RSS and used to intimidate the Opposition.

10:19 IST Shreyasi Jha

Every independent institution in India is under BJP-RSS control, says Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also said that every independent institution in India is under the control of BJP and RSS today. "My job is to resist the idea of the RSS and I am going to do it. The more I do it, the more I will be attacked, and the harder I will be attacked. I am happy, attack me," he added.

10:07 IST Shreyasi Jha

Govt is being run to protect interest of 4-5 people: Rahul Gandhi

The idea behind not letting the Opposition parties put their point is that the government doesn't want people's issues -- whether price rise, unemployment, or violence in society - to be raised. "That's sole agenda of the government and it is being run to protect the interest of 4-5 people & this dictatorship is being run in the interest of 2-3 big business people by 2 people."

10:04 IST Shreyasi Jha

What India built brick by brick is being destroyed now: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi further said, "We're witnessing the death of democracy. What India has built brick by brick, starting almost a century ago, is being destroyed in front of your eyes. Anybody who stands against this idea of the onset of dictatorship is viciously attacked, jailed, arrested & beaten up."

10:01 IST Shreyasi Jha

Rahul Gandhi attacks BJP, says 'India under dictatorship, democracy is dead'

Rahul Gandhi is addressing the media now. Attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP government at the Centre, the Congress leader said, "Today there is no democracy in India. We are not allowed to speak, we are not allowed to protest, we get suspended from Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. Our country is under dictatorship and the democracy has died."

09:37 IST Shreyasi Jha

'We're not afraid': Rahul Gandhi after ED seals parts of National Herald office

On Thursday, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had said the Enforcement Directorate (ED) probe into the National Herald case is an intimidation tactic by the BJP. "We are not afraid," he said, adding, "Whatever they [BJP] do won't make any difference. I will continue to do the work to protect our country, its democracy and brotherhood." He added, "They think by putting a little pressure they can silence us. We won't be silent. We will stand against what the BJP is doing. We will not be intimidated."

09:30 IST Shreyasi Jha

Delhi Police denies permission to Congress for holding protest

Delhi Police has denied permission to Congress for holding protests. The police officials said that the prohibitory orders are in force in the national capital.

09:50 IST Shreyasi Jha

Top Congress leaders had discussed how to make today's protest a grand success.

Earlier on Tuesday, top Congress leaders deliberated on the party's strategy for the August 5 nationwide protest and PM House gherao. AICC general secretaries Mukul Wasnik, Ajay Maken, Avinash Pande and in-charges Rajeev Shukla, Shaktisinh Gohil, Manickam Tagore, and state unit presidents including D K Shivakumar, and various other leaders participated in the meeting and discussed how to make the protest a grand success.

"A meeting of general secretaries, incharges, PCC presidents and heads of frontal organizations was held today at AICC HQ to coordinate the preparations for Congress's nationwide protest on 5th August, and for the celebration of 75 years of Independence," All India Congress Committee general secretary K C Venugopal tweeted on Tuesday.

09:18 IST Shreyasi Jha

Rahul Gandhi's press conference comes ahead of Congress' protest against price rise, unemployment

Rahul Gandhi's press conference comes ahead of the Congress' massive nationwide protest against price rise and unemployment and the gherao of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's residence against price rise, unemployment and GST hike on some essential items.

09:15 IST Shreyasi Jha

Here are some photos of Congress' protest in Delhi today

Police officials are present at Vijay Chowk, Akbar Road as Congress holds a nationwide protest over unemployment and inflation. See photos here:

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09:07 IST Shreyasi Jha

Watch | Congress workers protest over inflation at party office in Delhi

Congress workers protest over inflation at the party office in Delhi. The party has called a nationwide protest today over unemployment and inflation.

09:05 IST Shreyasi Jha

Congress leaders to participate in 'PM House gherao' march

Police officials brief security personnel at Vijay Chowk, ahead of Congress' nationwide protest over unemployment and inflation. Congress announced that the party MPs will hold "Chalo Rashtrapati Bhavan" from Parliament and senior leaders will participate in "PM House gherao".

08:44 IST Shreyasi Jha

Delhi Police writes to KC Venugopal, warns of strict action against those violating Section 144

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Ahead of the protest organised by Congress workers in Delhi today, Delhi Police wrote to party MP KC Venugopal that section 144 has been imposed in Delhi except for the Jantar Mantar area. It also said that strict actions will be taken against those who violate it.

08:43 IST chingkheinganbi mayengbam

Congress workers gather at party office

Congress workers started gathering at the party headquarters in Delhi ahead of the protest later today.

08:34 IST chingkheinganbi mayengbam

Section 144 imposed in Delhi ahead of protest by Congress workers

Congress will hold a nationwide protest today over unemployment and inflation. Barricades have been put up at Akbar Road and other places and the police are present at different locations as workers start arriving near the party office. Also, Section 144 CrPC has been imposed in the entire area of New Delhi, except Jantar Mantar.

07:55 IST chingkheinganbi mayengbam

Rahul Gandhi to hold press conference today

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will hold a press conference at the Congress headquarters in Delhi today. The press conference is likely to start at 9:30 am.

On Thursday, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) questioned senior party leader Mallikarjun Kharge for over seven hours in connection with the National Herald case. He was asked about the employees, salaries and Young Indian's business activities. The case pertains to the alleged financial irregularities in the Congress-promoted Young Indian Private Limited, which owns the National Herald newspaper.

Meanwhile, Congress workers are planning a protest in the national capital today against rising prices and unemployment in the country.

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