As the government continued its offensive against the Congress in Parliament and sought an apology from senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for his remarks in London, top Opposition leaders and MPs on Wednesday tried to march to the Enforcement Directorate headquarters demanding an inquiry into allegations against the Adani Group. However, they were stopped at Vijay Chowk by the Delhi Police as they came out of the Parliament building.
Opposition leaders said MPs belonging to 18 parties were part of the protest.
The Opposition’s move to march to the ED headquarters from Parliament is seen as an attempt to put the spotlight back on the Adani matter. The Opposition has been alleging that the government’s aggressive attack on Rahul Gandhi was to deflect attention from the “Adani scam”.
#WATCH | Delhi: Opposition MPs begin their march from Parliament to ED office to submit a memorandum over Adani issue. pic.twitter.com/AEMd2Zx0vJ
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Interestingly, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) was not part of the Opposition march. The TMC is also not on board with the Opposition demand for setting up a joint parliamentary committee (JPC) investigation into allegations against the Adani Group and charges of government patronage to industrialist Gautam Adani.
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) too did not participate in the march.
Among those who led the march include Congress president and Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, Congress leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Rajan Chowdhury, CPI’s Binoy Viswam, CPM’s Elamaram Kareem, DMK’s T R Baalu, Samajwadi Party’s Ramgopal Yadav, AAP’s Sanjay Singh, Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut and BRS’s K Keshava Rao.
“All of us are going to the Enforcement Directorate but the government has stopped us. The government does not want us to take out a march. One individual has destroyed the LIC, SBI and other banks. People have deposited their hard-earned money in these institutions with trust. But all their money has been handed over to one person,” Kharge said.
He alleged that the Adani Group has the patronage of the government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in amassing wealth. “How has it happened? Who is responsible? Who is giving money to him? How he is allowed to make so much money… So we want an inquiry. An inquiry should be held… What is the relationship between the Prime Minister and Adani… Where he goes, he takes him,” Kharge said.
On the police stopping him and the other leaders, Kharge said while the government waxes eloquent about democracy, it has stopped a peaceful protest by Opposition leaders. “We are not jostling around. It is a peaceful protest,” he said.
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