Besides Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, some opposition MPs including Supriya Sule of the NCP, Ram Gopal Yadav of the Samajwadi Party, and Priyanka Chaturvedi of the Shiv Sena were present during the protest which was held in front of Mahatma Gandhi’s statue in Parliament complex.
Raising slogans against the government, the Congress members demanded a rollback in the prices of LPG.
They also held banners and placards which read that ”high inflation, continuous price rise badly affecting common people”.
Congress MPs from both the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha participated in the protest. They included the leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and the Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury. ”The imposition of five percent GST on curd, paneer, and other commodities of daily use will hurt the common people. We will protest inside the House also,” Kharge said.
The Congress whip in Lok Sabha Manickam Tagore said opposition members led by his party wanted a discussion on price rise and GST but the government did not allow and the speaker adjourned the House till 2 pm.
”We will raise the same when the House reconvenes. Why is the government afraid about holding the discussion,” he asked. The protest came a day after GST on essential items including curd and paneer came into force. The protest also came after the Rajya Sabha secretariat issued a circular saying no protest or demonstration will be allowed inside the Parliament complex. The opposition had protested against the issue of the circular, saying the voice of democracy is being throttled.