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Rahul Gandhi, Cong Leaders Convert Detention Into Parl Party Meet; Discuss GST, Price Rise

The Congress leaders, huddled together in the detention centre, discussed issues of price rise, Agnipath, GST on food items, national security, the falling rupee, among others.

Congress leaders Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Rahul Gandhi, Mallikarjun Kharge at police detention centre in Delhi.
Congress leaders Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Rahul Gandhi, Mallikarjun Kharge at police detention centre in Delhi. (Screengrab: ANI)

New Delhi: Congress leaders, including Rahul Gandhi, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Mallikarjun Kharge, were on Tuesday detained by Delhi Police for protesting over ED’s interrogation of party president Sonia Gandhi. The party leaders, who were taken to a police detention centre at Kingsway Camp in Delhi, converted their gathering into a brainstorming session of the Congress Parliamentary Party.

The Congress leaders, huddled together in the detention centre, discussed issues of price rise, Agnipath, GST on food items, national security, the falling rupee, among others, news agency ANI reported.

Rahul Gandhi and several other party MPs were detained by police at Vijay Chowk, where they had gathered to march towards the Rashtrapati Bhavan to draw the President’s attention to the alleged misuse of central agencies by the government. However, they were stopped by the police.

“India is a police state, Modi is a king,” Rahul Gandhi alleged. He said discussions were not being allowed in Parliament.

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The Congress MPs met earlier in the Parliament complex to decide on a strategy as party chief Sonia Gandhi appeared before the ED for questioning in a money laundering case pertaining to the National Herald newspaper, for the second time.

They also staged a protest in front of Mahatma Gandhi’s statue in the complex. AICC general secretary Ajay Maken claimed they were denied permission to organise a satyagraha outside Rajghat, the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi.

Rahul Gandhi was also questioned by the ED in the same case last month in sessions that clocked more than 50 hours over five days.

(With PTI inputs)