| Updated: Friday, August 5, 2022, 13:48 [IST]
New Delhi, Aug 05: Several Congress leaders, including Rahul, Priyanka Gandhi and Shashi Tharoor, were detained on Friday after launching a protest march from Parliament to Rashtrapati Bhavan against issues of inflation, unemployment and GST on food items.
"All Congress MPs were marching towards Rashtrapati Bhawan to raise the issue of inflation and price rise but they are not allowing us to go ahead from here. Our job is to raise the issues of the people...Some MPs detained,also beaten," said Congress MP Rahul Gandhi at Vijay Chowk.
"Our job is to raise the issues of the people...Some Congress MPs detained, also beaten by police," he added.
"The country is also witnessing a phase of massive unemployment both in rural and urban regions... Also, the controversial, poorly conceived and hastily drawn up Agnipath scheme, which carries multiple risks, has not only subverted the long-standing traditions and ethos of the armed forces but also destroyed the aspirations of millions of unemployed youths," reads the letter.
Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha MPs will hold a "Chalo Rashtrapati Bhavan" (march to Rashtrapati Bhavan) from Parliament to register the protest against price rise and unemployment.
In all capital cities, the state units would organise a gherao of Raj Bhavans in which MLAs, MLCs, former MPs and senior leaders will participate, the statement said.
The elected representatives at all levels will court arrest in their respective blocks and district headquarters on the issue of inflation and unemployment, the party said.
The Congress has been complaining against the price rise and the hike in the Goods and Service Tax (GST). The Opposition party has also been demanding a discussion in both the houses of Parliament on these issues.
Congress MPs have been staging protests both inside and outside Parliament on these issues.