NEW DELHI: Party chief Sonia Gandhi, Vice President Rahul Gandhi and a host of other leaders and party workers would march from Jantar Mantar early morning on next Friday to gherao Par¬liament. Amid escalating confrontation with the government, Congress today an¬nounced a gherao of Parliament on May 6 to highlight issues like Uttarakhand, drought and the campaign of “deceit and deliberate lies” against opposition.
Party chief Sonia Gandhi, Vice Pres¬ident Rahul Gandhi and a host of other leaders and party workers would march from Jantar Mantar early morning on next Friday to gherao Parliament.
Last year, the Congress had organ¬ised a rally at Ram Lila grounds on April 19 to protest the controversial Land acquisition bill which it had dubbed as “anti-farmer and pro-corporate”.
Before that Sonia Gandhi had led a march of opposition leaders to Rash¬trapati Bhawan on the issue. The an¬nouncement was made by party’s chief spokesman Randeep Surjewala, who said the gherao would be the culmina¬tion of a “save democracy” march.
He said it is being undertaken in the wake of attempts by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government to “topple” duly elected governments as was witnessed in the “conspiracies” in Arunachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
In an obvious reference to the Agus¬taWestland issue, he said the march was also against the “drama” being en¬acted by the BJP and the government and the campaign of “deceit and delib¬erate lies” launched by it.
Surjewala said that the march was also to highlight the drought and the agrarian crisis that has forced a spate of suicides by farmers and has affected 40 crore people spread over large num¬ber of states.