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Congress’s massive rally flooded Agartala against CAA on Party’s 135th Foundation Day : ‘Save India’, ‘Save Constitution’, ‘Save Democracy’ demands raised
TIWN Dec 28, 2019
Congress’s massive rally flooded Agartala against CAA on Party’s 135th Foundation Day : ‘Save India’, ‘Save Constitution’, ‘Save Democracy’ demands raised
PHOTO : Congress's rally in Agartala. TIWN Pic Dec 28, 2019

AGARTALA, Dec 28 (TIWN): On the occasion of 135th foundation day of the Party, Congress on Saturday has kicked off a massive rally with slogans of “Save India”, “Save Constitution” and “Save Democracy”. Banners were displayed against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), National Population Register (NPR) calling them anti-constitutional, anti-India. The numbers of people, who joined the Congress rally today were eye-catching. Addressing on the occasion Congress leader Gopal Roy said, “In the year 1885, 28th December, the Congress Party was founded. The Indian National Congress conducted its first session in Bombay from 28–31 December 1885 at the initiative of retired Civil Service officer Allan Octavian Hume. The Congress removed 200 years long rural British Govt and in exchange of much sacrifice Congress gifted India freedom on 1947, 15th August”.

Taking a dig at the commodity prices, Gopal Roy said, “Today India is strong due to Congress and when Congress is week then India’s condition goes down just like in last 6 years India’s economy is suffering. When country is reeling under problems and onion like commodities prices are high then Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman says, she doesn’t eat onion and so has no problem with the rise. Tomorrow rice prices will go high and what would the Finance Minister say then ?”

Roy mentioned, when the British went out of India, India was unable to make a needle also but today India is making ships and  exporting to other countries.

Former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi took on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the central government over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), the National Population Register (NPR) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC), and said these exercises would prove to be demonetisation 2.0.

Speaking to reporters at the Congress headquarters here on the sidelines of an event organised to mark the party''s 135th foundation day, Rahul Gandhi said, "With these, the government wants to make the poor stand in queues, and help its 15 industrialist friends."

"They will ask the poor to show documents, but would not ask industrialists for it," he said and added, it was an exercise to divert the public attention from real issues. "It''s demonetisation 2.0," he said.

On the controversy over his liar jibe at the Prime Minister over the detention centres in Assam, he said, "Have you seen my tweet and pictures of detention centres? And did you hear the Prime Minister Narendra Modi''s speech? Did you find the video of detention centre?".

On Thursday, the former Congress chief had shared a video of a detention centre in Assam and accused Modi of lying.

The Gandhi scion had also attached a video clip of a news report in which Modi accused the Congress and its allies, and "urban naxals" of spreading the rumour that Muslims would be sent to detention centres. The clip also showed a purported detention centre being built in Assam.

"The RSS''s Prime Minister lies to Bharat Mata," Rahul Gandhi had said in the tweet in Hindi with the hashtag ''jhoot jhoot jhoot (lies, lies, lies).

Likening the NPR and the NRC to demonetisation, he said, in Chhattisgarh on Friday, those were "tax" on the poor and they would suffer the same way as during the demonetisation in November 2016.

"Whether the NPR or the NRC, it''s a tax on poor people. You understand demonetisation. It was a tax on poor people. Go to banks, give your money, but don''t withdraw from your account. Entire money went to 15-20 rich people. This (NPR or NRC) is the same thing," he said.

Earlier on Saturday, Congress interim chief Sonia Gandhi hoisted the flag at the party headquarters on the 135th Foundation Day. Several senior party leaders, including former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, K.C. Venugopal, Ambika Soni and A.K. Antony, were present at the event.

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