Congress has convened a meeting of all Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha MPs for Thursday at 9:45 a.m. at the Congress Parliamentary Party headquarters to discuss the party’s future strategy.
The choice to convene a meeting was made not long after the ED temporarily locked Young Indian’s (YI) offices at the Delhi office of the Congress-owned National Herald as part of an ongoing money laundering probe.
In addition, more police officers were stationed outside the Congress headquarters at 24 Akbar Road and Sonia Gandhi’s home at 10 Janpath due to information from the Special Branch that protestors could congregate there in large numbers after the ED move to seal the YI office.
Jairam Ramesh, a senior member of the Congress, poked fun at the deployment of more security forces, stating, “Delhi Police blocking the road leading to AICC Headquarters has become the rule rather than the exception! It’s unclear why they merely acted in this manner.
Regarding today’s tragedy, Congress MPs will also file an adjournment request in Parliament.
Ajay Maken, the head of the Congress party, claimed during a news conference that the party had received a letter from the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) declaring that the party could not demonstrate on August 5 and that the AICC had been converted into a police cantonment.
Earlier on July 30, the party stated that they would hold a significant statewide demonstration on August 5 in response to rising prices and unemployment. To express their opposition to the problems, party MPs will organize a “Chalo Rashtrapati Bhavan” in Delhi; that same day, CWC members and top leadership will participate in a “PM House gherao.”
“Today, we got a letter from the DCP stating that we cannot demonstrate on August 5 and that AICC has been transformed into a Police cantonment. Even if they imprison us, the government won’t stop us from protesting against inflation, unemployment, and the GST on food, according to Mr. Maken.
The TMC, INC, DMK, AAP, TRS, SP, CPI(M), RJD, and Shiv Sena, together with all other opposition parties, simultaneously released a joint statement expressing their “grave worry on the long-term ramifications of recent Supreme Court verdict upholding, in totality, the revisions to the PMLA 2002.
The joint statement, which was about the implications of the Supreme Court judgment (on amendments to PMLA 2002), was signed by 17 opposition parties today, including the Trinamool Congress (TMC), the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), and one independent Rajya Sabha member, Kapil Sibal, according to Congress General Secretary Jairam Ramesh. This is particularly true given that the government’s lone guiding principle is “political vendetta.”
“Additional actions will also be taken. Our leaders have asked for a review, and the President will meet with the opposition leaders. He said he would make a step to bring it before the Supreme Court.