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Priyanka Gandhi Vadra during the Congress protest in New Delhi.New Delhi: Police detained Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and other Congress leaders — dragging them into buses — from outside the party headquarters in Delhi today as they were protesting against unemployment and price-rise.Dressed in black like other party leaders as a mark of protest, she had climbed over barricades to reach the spot where she held a brief sit-in before being taken away by cops. Police had denied permission for the protest, citing law and order.हमारे नेता @RahulGandhi जी ने कहा तो था कल- “सच को बैरिकेड नहीं किया जा सकता है” और आज @priyankagandhi जी को पुलिस के बैरिकेड रोक नहीं पाए।#महंगाई_पर_हल्ला_बोल— Congress (@INCIndia) August 5, 2022Her brother, Congress MP Rahul Gandhi, too was detained a little while before she was. The leaders were restricted to a hall in Kingsway Camp in GTB Nagar.In a video tweeted by the party — apparently while going towards the party office for the protest — Priyanka Gandhi says, “The government thinks it can silence us. It thinks that by showing its force, it can make us to quietly sit in buses… But we have a purpose.”  #WATCH | They (BJP) think Opposition can be muzzled. As their ministers can’t see inflation, we want to show them inflation by marching towards PM house…PM Modi has handed over the assets of country to his friends:Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra(Source: AICC)— ANI (@ANI) August 5, 2022Before pulling Priyanka Gandhi into a bus, police were seen trying to persuade her to end the protest. But she can be seen arguing with a policewoman, gesturing that she has a right to protest.  ये संघर्ष सड़क का है…इस संघर्ष में समझौता मंजूर नहीं।@priyankagandhi जी का ये संदेश हर कांग्रेसजन का संदेश है।#महंगाई_पर_हल्ला_बोल— Congress (@INCIndia) August 5, 2022Police had barricaded key areas to disallow the plan. Prohibitory orders, banning large gatherings in parts of Delhi ahead of the Congress march, had already been announced by the administration. Citing these restrictions, police had also denied permission for the protest.Ahead of the protest, Rahul Gandhi said, “We’re witnessing the death of democracy.”Democracy is a memory.— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) August 5, 2022″What India has built brick by brick, starting almost a century ago, is being destroyed in front of your eyes. Anybody who stands against this idea of onset of dictatorship is viciously attacked, jailed, arrested and beaten up,” he said.The BJP retorted with a jibe, asking if there’s democracy within the Congress, calling it a “dynastic” party.Before starting the protest, Congress MPs led by party chief Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi wore black clothes to Parliament. Proceedings were adjourned as Congress members created an uproar over the alleged misuse of probe agencies and the government “ignoring people’s issues”.A statement from the party said its Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha members would hold a “Chalo Rashtrapati Bhavan” march from Parliament. Congress Working Committee (CWC) members and other senior leaders planned to take part in “PM House gherao”.

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