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Online Congress ‘Speak up for Democracy’ campaign against BJP a top trend

“The protest gatherings are to be held strictly adhering to the social distancing protocols required by the health and civic authorities,” said a statement.

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New Delhi, Jul 26 : The Congress party on Sunday held a nation-wide online campaign ‘Speak up for Democracy’ against the attempts to topple Rajasthan government and misuse of constitutional offices.

Congress general secretary K.C. Venugopal in a statement said, “The online campaign named ‘#SpeakUpForDemocracy’ ran from 10 a.m. with people posting videos asking the Rajasthan Governor and the Modi Government to show accountability. It resonated with people and the trend remained at top across India and was number 5 worldwide with more than 300K tweets till about 5 p.m.”

Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi charged the BJP with “Ripping up the constitution and demolishing democracy” in a video tweet and said that when even as the whole country was in the middle of fighting the pandemic caused by Coronavirus, the same thing happened in Madhya Pradesh. “We demand to immediately convene an assembly session, which is within our constitutional rights,” his video said.

Speaking for the party’s digital protest, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said, “Leadership is recognized in times of crisis. In Corona’s national crisis, the country needs a leadership that works in the public interest.” She lamented, “But the BJP government at the centre has made its intention and its character clear by trying to topple the elected governments. The people will answer”.

The Pradesh Congress Committees on Monday will hold protests in front of the Raj Bhavans in their respective states at 11 a.m. demanding ‘Save Democracy – Save Constitution’, exposing the anti-democratic and anti-constitutional actions of the BJP, the Congress in a statement said.

“The protest gatherings are to be held strictly adhering to the social distancing protocols required by the health and civic authorities,” said a statement.

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Naidu goes into huddle after unprecedented Rajya Sabha ruckus

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New Delhi, Sep 20 : Soon after an unprecedented ruckus broke out in the Rajya Sabha with some House members squatting in the premises that forced the Lok Sabha to be delayed, a high-level meeting was convened at the residence of Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu.

The meeting at the Rajya Sabha Chairman’s house was believed to be over the ruckus created by MPs of certain opposition parties in the upper house earlier on Sunday where some members like TMC’s Derek O’Brien went aggressive and tore up documents. The intimidation of the Chair was not taken lightly by the Chairman, say sources.

The meeting was attended by Deputy Chairman Harivansh Narain Singh, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi and Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal.

Meanwhile, further complicating the matter, the Congress party moved a no-confidence motion against Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh Narain Singh for not entertaining opposition’s demand of a division of votes on the passage of the two agri Bills.

Congress leader Ahmed Patel while speaking to the media said, “Our demands for division were not met and the conduct of the Deputy Chairman was not according to democratic norms.” However, it is uncertain whether it came up during the high-level meet.

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Government failed to curb COVID-19: Shashi Tharoor

He highlights the failure of the government to curb COVID-19, adding that government’s ₹20,000 crore package inspired little confidence.

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Senior Congress Leader and Lok Sabha MP Shashi Tharoor (File Picture)

New Delhi: As Lok Sabha discusses COVID-19 situation, Shashi Tharoor shares WHO data to state that India has the highest number of daily Infections and deaths in the world.

Government did not listen to Rahul Gandhi’s warning. Instead it was more interested in toppling the government in Madhya Pradesh.

He highlights the failure of the government to curb COVID-19, adding that government’s ₹20,000 crore package inspired little confidence.

He states that there was minimal effort by government to reach out and consult other stakeholders, particularly state governments in opposition.

The Opposition MP also spoke about the danger faced by students while giving exams and thanked the healthcare workers for their services.

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Congress to move no-confidence motion against Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman

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File Picture (Senior Congress Leader and Rajya Sabha MP Ahmed Patel at Parliament)

New Delhi, Sep 20 : The Congress has alleged that the conduct of Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh Narain Singh was “undemocratic” and the party will bring a no-confidence motion on the issue.

Congress leader Ahmed Patel while speaking to the media said, “Our demands for division were not met and the conduct of the Deputy Chairman was not according to democratic norms.”

“This is a black day as it is against farmers and the state government and favours corporate,” added Patel.

Congress leader Partap Singh Banda termed the agri Bills as “death warrants” for farmers.

After the passing of agri Bills, opposition members alleging bias sat in the House and later protested at the Parliament premises.

The opposition alleged that after the house’s time was over the Chair did not take consent of the house and demands of taking the Bills on Monday was denied as the chair went for a voice vote and demand for the division of votes was not allowed.

Earlier, the Rajya Sabha saw a massive ruckus on Sunday as the government sought to clear the farm Bills amid an unrelenting opposition determined to block them as TMC MP Derek O’Brien tore up the documents.

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