Congress to observe ‘satyagraha’ protesting Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification, Police denies permission citing ‘law and order’

Rahul Gandhi as he protest against ED raids outside Rashtrapati Bhavan. [FIle Photo]

From 10am to 5pm today, the Congress will observe a day-long satyagraha protesting the disqualification of Rahul Gandhi from the Lok Sabha after a Surat court convicted him in a 2019 defamation case.

While Rahul Gandhi has been at the centre of the political controversy dominating Parliament for the last few weeks, the disqualification brings the opposition parties together, with Rahul Gandhi throwing a challenge to the government on the Adani issue — and the BJP condemning Rahul Gandhi’s behaviour.

The Delhi Police has denied permission to the Congress for holding ‘satyagraha’ at Rajghat to protest against Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification from the Lok Sabha, officials said on Sunday.

In a letter, the Delhi Police said the request was rejected due to law and order and traffic reasons and prohibitory orders under Section 144 CrPC imposed in and around Rajghat.

A senior police officer told PTI that while permission for holding the satyagraha has been denied, adequate security arrangements have been put in place.

The Congress has announced plans to hold a day-long satyagraha in front of Gandhi statues at all states and district headquarters on Sunday to protest against Gandhi’s disqualification.

Gandhi was disqualified from the Lok Sabha on Friday, a day after a court in Gujarat’s Surat convicted him in a 2019 defamation case. The disqualification will bar Gandhi (52), a four-time MP, from contesting polls for eight years unless a higher court stays his conviction.

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