Farmers protest: Priyanka Gandhi, other Congress leaders detained in Delhi

Delhi - The march to Rashtrapati Bhavan was stopped by police.


Published: Thu 24 Dec 2020, 11:04 AM

Last updated: Thu 24 Dec 2020, 11:06 AM

Delhi Police has taken Congress leaders Priyanka Gandhi and others into custody as the Rahul Gandhi-led Congress delegation was marching to the Rashtrapati Bhawan on Thursday morning to submit a memorandum of 2 crore signatures against the Centre’s farm reform laws.

The march to Rashtrapati Bhavan was stopped by police. Rahul Gandhi proceeded to the Rashtrapati Bhawan to meet President Ram Nath Kovind with the signatures against farm laws and said the farmers will not budge from Delhi borders till the farm laws are repealed.

"Any dissenting voice against this government is classified as having elements of terror. We are undertaking this march to voice our support for the farmers," the Congress leader said while talking to media.

"We're living in a democracy and they are elected MPs. They have the right to meet the President and they should be allowed. What is the problem with that? Government is not ready to listen to voices of lakhs of farmers camping at borders," she said after Congress leaders were stopped from marching to Rashtrapati Bhavan.

"It is a sin to use the kind of names they (BJP leaders and supporters) used for farmers. If the government is calling them anti-nationals, then the government is a sinner," the Congress leader added.

Congress leaders were taken into police custody after they were denied permission to hold a march against the farm laws.

Farmers are protesting at the borders of Delhi since November 26 against the Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020; and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.

Photo: ANI
Photo: ANI

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