The Congress has accused the BJP of destabilizing democratically-elected governments in Arunachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Congress President Sonia Gandhi, party vice-president Rahul Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh will lead 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.
10:25 am: Congress workers have begun assembling for the protest march.
10:30 am: At the same time, a clutch of BJP MPs have assembled at the Gandhi statue at Parliament House to protest against the Congress for its alleged corrupt practices.
So its really a clash of protests today.
10:31 am: Congress leaders are now addressing workers at a rally before starting the march.
BJP is trying to target Congress leaders & trying to topple elected state governments: Mallikarjun Kharge
We have all come together to defend the Indian Constitution: Mallikarjun Kharge
10:35 am: Sonia Gandhi is speaking now.
We have assembled here to send a message: Sonia Gandhi
We have to send a message so strong that people sitting in Raisina Hill and Nagpur sit up and listen: Sonia
Do not try to frighten us or defame us. Life has taught us to fight: Sonia
These people can label anyone ‘anti-national’: Sonia
‘Inke din ab poore hogaye hai’: Sonia
Do not make the mistake of thinking that the Congress party is weak: Sonia.
Source: The Indian Express
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