WhatsApp, Twitter: How Congress got numbers for midnight march

16 April, 2018, 14:51 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • AICC spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala addresses a press conference in New Delhi

Congress president Rahul Gandhi's spontaneous decision on Thursday evening to hold a midnight candlelight march over the Unnao and Kathua rape cases saw surprised party leaders pressing panic buttons to activate workers.

The leaders of the BJP have said that the Congress is trying to politicise the rape cases to score political points ahead of the crucial Karnataka Assembly elections on May 12 and the Lok Sabha elections next year.

The former Union Minister said that the assembly point in every district would be notified to the party workers soon. Join me in a silent, peaceful, candlelight vigil at India Gate at midnight tonight to protest this violence and demand justice. "India is waiting", Rahul wrote on Twitter.

Apart from Gandhi, his sister Priyanka Vadra along with husband Robert, too, were present apart from senior party leaders Ghulam Nabi, Kapil Sibal, Shobha Oza, Ambika Soni, Salman Khursheed, Kumari Selja, Sushmita Dev, Randeep Surjewala.

Expressing anguish over the two incidents which have triggered widespread outrage, the prime minister said such crimes challenge the very concept of social justice "and as a society and a country we all are ashamed of it". "Protests organised at such a short notice usually happen during the day, and we get to know at least six hours in advance", Jatyan said. During the candle march, Priyanka Gandhi was heckled by Congress workers at India Gate. "This is clearly a demonstration to politicise the issue".

Congress hit out at PM Narendra Modi for calling it "anti-Ambedkar", saying no amount of aggression on his part can hide the fact that BJP-RSS ideology is inimical to interests of Dalits. "Zakir Hussain was the main culprit with two [other] culprits", Lekhi said as she accused the media of not playing up the BJP's comments on the Kathua and Unnao rape cases.

In Unnao, BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and his brother Atul Singh Sengar raped a 16-year-old teenager at their residence on June 4, 2017.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was apparently caught unawares about the protest, with Congress workers from Delhi and neighbouring areas rushing to the venue on the call of their party leader.



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