Security beefed up at Vijay Chowk ahead of Congress protest against verdict on Rahul Gandhi
24 March, 2023 | Pragati Singh
The Congress party carry out the protest march against the court verdict that sentenced Rahul Gandhi to two-years-jail.
Heavy security has been deployed at Vijay Chowk in preparation for the Congress march against the Surat court’s verdict against Rahul Gandhi on Friday. The Congress party will be carrying out the protest march against the court verdict that sentenced Rahul Gandhi to two-years-jail. Earlier on Thursday, a Surat court sentenced Congress leader Rahul Gandhi to two years in prison in a defamation case stemming from his ‘Modi surname’ remark made in 2019 during an election rally in Karnataka.
Talking to ANI, Congress general secretary KC Venugopal said, “We have analyzed the situation. The verdict was so unfortunate as far as Congress Party is concerned. We will do a solidarity march for Congress Party. We are seeking an appointment with the President. From day 1 onwards, when Rahul Gandhi raised the issue of Adani, the Government of India side came to stop him. They do not want Rahul Gandhi to speak in Parliament. They are varying all options to stop his voice”.
“But Rahul Gandhi and Congress party will speak. This issue is not because of Rahul Gandhi. It is because the country’s environment is like that. All opposition is getting suppressed. I am happy that parties are showing solidarity,” he added.
However, the court granted Rahul Gandhi bail on a surety bond and suspended the sentence for 30 days to allow him to appeal to higher courts. While BJP leaders attacked Rahul Gandhi after the verdict, claiming that whatever he says harms the Congress party and the country, Congress leaders claimed that the BJP government was attempting to silence Rahul Gandhi’s voice and that he would appeal the verdict to higher courts.