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Todays Date
19 October 2017

LIVE UPDATE: Manmohan released after courting arrest during congress protest march at Parliament

Congress president Sonia Gandhi, party vice-president Rahul Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh led the party in its ‘Save Democracy March’ from Jantar Mantar to the Parliament House. The party is agitating against what it calls the ‘anti-democratic’ policies of the BJP. In recent months, the Congress has alleged that there has been sustained efforts by the BJP to destabilise Congress-led governments in states like Arunachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. While Arunachal saw a change in leadership, the latter hill state is under President’s Rule at the moment. The BJP, on its part, has pointed to the intense factionalism within the Congress for what has transpired in the two states. The two parties have also sparred in the current session of Parliament over the AgustaWestland issue.

LIVE UPDATES

11:25 am: The scenes outside the police station are chaotic. Hundreds of Congress workers are outside the police station where several Congress leaders have courted arrest.

11:12 am: It has been reported that the police have refused to allow Congress leaders to march to Parliament House. Senior Congress leaders including Sandeep Dikshit have decided to court arrest to protest police action.

11:10 am: As thousands of Congress workers broke the barricades and started marching to Parliament House, the police used force to disperse the crowd. Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh were taken by force to the Parliament Street police station.

10:45 am: Sonia Gandhi has concluded her speech.

Source: The Indian Express

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