New Delhi: Delhi police released all members of parliament who were detained on Friday during a parliamentary protest march in the capital.
A parliamentarian was released after being detained for almost six hours for peacefully and democratically protesting against price hikes, unemployment and the GST, said senior parliamentary leader Jairam Ramesh.
As many as 65 MPs, including Rahul Gandhi, were detained from Vijay Chowk near the parliament building.
Congress on Friday announced nationwide protests against central government policies that have been blamed for rising unemployment and inflation in the country.
The parliamentarians, led by Rahul Gandhi, dressed in black, tried to march from the parliament to Rashtrapati Bhavan. However, as they moved forward, the police stopped them near Vijay Chowk.
The police tried to persuade Rahul Gandhi for a while, but when he refused to stop, they detained him and took him by bus to the police camp in Kingsway.
Rahul Gandhi accused the Delhi police of roughing up a member of parliament while speaking to reporters before he was detained.
“We are standing here on the issue of rising prices and unemployment. We wanted to move forward, but the police wouldn’t let us in,” he said.
When asked about MPs being ‘treated badly’, Rahul Gandhi said: Happy to be taken care of. Our job is to resist these forces, our job is to make sure that Indian democracy is preserved, our job is to prevent the people from suffering from rising prices, unemployment etc. It’s about raising the issue, and that’s what we’re doing.”
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