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Congress protest sends anti-Ram Temple message, says Amit Shah


New Delhi:

On Friday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah accused the Congress of an appeasement policy, saying their black-clothed protest was in fact against the founding ceremony of Ram’s temple in Ayodhya. Pointing out that today is the anniversary of the founding ceremony, he said the Congress, by staging the protest in black clothes, “sends a subtle message that they are protesting the founding ceremony of Ram Janmabhoomi and pursuing their policy of appeasement”.

Congress hit back, saying it was a desperate attempt to “hijack, distract, polarize and put a malicious twist” on its Democratic protests against rising prices.

“The Home Secretary has made a desperate attempt to hijack, distract, polarize and put a malicious spin on today’s @INCIndia Democratic protests against rising prices, unemployment and GST. Only a sick mind can produce such spurious arguments. Obviously, the protests have knocked at home!” tweeted Congress leader Jairam Ramesh.

The Congressional protest march – planned since last week – turned into a huge row today. Delhi police, who refused permission to demonstrate, arrested key party leaders including Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.

“These are registered court cases. Why are they staging protests every day? I have a feeling Congress has a hidden agenda — they have extended their appeasement policy in a disguised way” said Shah, whose ministry is responsible for law and order in Delhi.

Questioning the timing of the protest, he said: “Today the Law Enforcement Directorate did not summon anyone or question anyone. No search took place… I don’t understand why the demonstration was to take place today”.

“I confess that it was on this day that Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundations of the Ram Janmabhoomi, bringing a peaceful solution to a 550-year-old problem. Nowhere in the country has there been a violence or riot…I will say that a policy of appeasement is not good for the country or for the Congress”, declared the Minister of the Interior.

Congress has staged multiple protests in Delhi and other states since the Law Enforcement Directorate began questioning the Gandhis in an alleged money laundering case linked to the National Herald newspaper. Almost all of them ended in police intervention and injuries to many people, especially elderly MPs and former ministers.

Congress had started today’s protests wearing black clothes in parliament. The proceedings were adjourned amid an outcry over the government’s alleged misuse of investigative agencies.

As the march to Rashtrapati Bhavan began soon after, dramatic footage showed police grappling with the leaders, trying to arrest and detain them.

Opposition parties have condemned the police action as videos of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra being physically dragged by police have been widely circulated on social media.

The ringleaders were released in the evening after nearly six hours.

Congress and other opposition parties have consistently raised questions in parliament against rising prices, the recent expansion of the scope of the goods and services tax and unemployment. Demonstrations take place inside and outside the parliament.

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