Today, the Congress party is staging a massive protest in New Delhi against the disqualification of its leader Rahul Gandhi from the Lok Sabha. The protest comes after the Election Commission of India (ECI) disqualified Gandhi from the Lok Sabha for allegedly violating the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
The protest is being held at the Jantar Mantar in New Delhi and is being attended by several Congress leaders, including former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, former party president Sonia Gandhi, and other senior leaders. The protest is being held to demand that the ECI reverse its decision and allow Gandhi to continue as a Member of Parliament.
The protest has been denied permission by the Delhi Police, citing security concerns. The police have also imposed Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) in the area, which prohibits the assembly of more than four people in a public place.
The Congress party has accused the ECI of acting in a partisan manner and has alleged that the decision to disqualify Gandhi was politically motivated. The party has also accused the BJP of using the ECI to target its political opponents.
The ECI had disqualified Gandhi for allegedly violating the MCC by giving a speech in which he had referred to the Prime Minister as a “thief”. The ECI had ruled that the speech was in violation of the MCC and had ordered Gandhi to be disqualified from the Lok Sabha.
The Congress party has argued that the ECI’s decision was wrong and has demanded that it be reversed. The party has also accused the BJP of using the ECI to target its political opponents.
The protest today is likely to be a major show of strength by the Congress party and will be closely watched by political observers. It remains to be seen whether the ECI will reverse its decision or not.