New Delhi: The Congress party joined the protests against the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act on Monday, by holding a satyagraha at Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial, Raj Ghat in Delhi.
The ‘satyagraha’ began formally after Sonia Gandhi reached Raj Ghat, and the national song Vande Mataram was sung. Calling for the protection of fundamental rights in the Constitution, senior leaders including Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh, read out the preamble of the Indian Constitution.
Top Congress leaders, including former PM Manmohan Singh, Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Ghulam Nabi Azad, were all in attendance for the mega protest.
Later, Rahul Gandhi addressed the rally and hit at PM Modi, accusing him of destroying the economy and trying to spread hatred and break the country.
“PM Narendra Modi should tell the country why he is suppressing the voice of students and why they are not getting jobs. You have been taught how to break the country and spread hatred; you are number one in that,” Rahul said.
“What our enemies could not do for decades, Narendra Modi has done that in six years. You could not provide jobs, destroyed the economy and stalled our progress that is why you are hiding behind hate,” he further said.
Taking a dig at PM Modi’s ‘clothes’ comment, Rahul Gandhi said, “When it comes to clothes, the entire nation knows you because of your clothes. It was you who had worn a suit worth Rs. 2 crores, it was not the people of the country.”
Earlier, Congress members observed a one-minute silence in memory of those killed during the protests over CAA and NRC and also against the BJP-led government’s “anti-people” policies.
Hours before the protest, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi urged students and youths to join his party’s ‘satyagraha’ against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), accusing the PM and Home Minister Amit Shah of unleashing hate on the country.
Congress also backed students protesting against the BJP government and denounced the use of ‘indiscriminate police force’ against ordinary citizens in the name of maintaining law and order.
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, meanwhile, had joined the protesters at India Gate on Friday, calling CAA as ‘anti-poor’. On Sunday, she also met the families of two people who were killed in protests in Uttar Pradesh’s Bijnor.