Left Menu
Development News Edition

UP Cong chief Ajay Lallu, RS MP P L Punia arrested during protest outside Lucknow Raj Bhavan

The Congress held a nationwide demonstration on Monday before Raj Bhavans to protest the ongoing stalemate on convening of an Assembly session in Rajasthan. Besides Lallu and Punia, around 150 other party workers were arrested while staging the dharna here against the alleged attempts to "murder" democracy in Rajasthan by the BJP, Lalan Kumar said.

PTI | Lucknow | Updated: 27-07-2020 20:53 IST | Created: 27-07-2020 20:53 IST
UP Cong chief Ajay Lallu, RS MP P L Punia arrested during protest outside Lucknow Raj Bhavan

Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Ajay Kumar Lallu, Rajya Sabha MP P L Punia and other party leaders were arrested on Monday while protesting outside the Raj Bhavan here over alleged attempts to topple the Rajasthan government, the party's media convener Lalan Kumar said. Police sources said Lallu and others were arrested after they reached the Raj Bhavan and squatted on the road.

They were taken to the Eco Garden and released later in the evening on personal bonds, they said. The Congress held a nationwide demonstration on Monday before Raj Bhavans to protest the ongoing stalemate on convening of an Assembly session in Rajasthan.

Besides Lallu and Punia, around 150 other party workers were arrested while staging the dharna here against the alleged attempts to "murder" democracy in Rajasthan by the BJP, Lalan Kumar said. UP Pradesh Congress Committee Chief Lallu alleged the ruling BJP is busy in toppling elected governments at a time the country is facing a pandemic.

He alleged the Raj Bhavan was "misused" in Goa where the Congress was not allowed to form a government despite winning the highest number of seats, and the party's elected governments were toppled in Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh too. There are similar attempt to destabilise governments in Punjab and Maharashtra, he alleged.

"The same is being done in Rajasthan. All this has raised a question mark on the role of Raj Bhavan," he told PTI over phone. Instead of following the healthy democratic traditions of the country, BJP is trying to gag them and this is most dangerous, Lallu said, adding that his party will fight against such political conspiracies and efforts to crush democracy.

Lallu also tweeted about his arrest. "My 21st arrest in less than six months. Protest-demonstration is a right granted by the Constitution. Why is this government scared? Listen, BJP government, we will not tolerate murder of democracy," he posted on his Twitter account.

Congress RS member Punia charged that the BJP was working like "political looters" who do not care about who the people have elected. They think even if people have not elected them, they can trample upon the mandate by buying MLAs to form governments. After toppling the elected governments in Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka, they are now targeting the Rajasthan government, the party spokesperson said.

The Rajasthan Cabinet has passed a resolution for convening a session of the state Assembly, but Governor Kalraj Mishra rejected it on the directives of the BJP, he claimed. The reason for this is also to save the membership of rebel Congress leader Sachin Pilot who destabilised the Rajasthan government, Punia added.


TRENDING

OPINION / BLOG / INTERVIEW

Post-COVID-19 Nigeria needs a robust Health Management Information System to handle high disease burden

Nigeria is among a few countries that conceptualised a health management information system HMIS in the early 90s but implementation has been a challenge till date. Besides COVID-19, the country has a huge burden of communicable and non-com...

Morocco COVID-19 response: A fragile health system and the deteriorating situation

Learning from its European neighbors, Morocco imposed drastic measures from the initial stages of the COVID-19 outbreak to try to contain its spread. The strategy worked for a few months but the cases have surged after mid-June. In this sit...

COVID-19: Argentina’s health system inefficiencies exaggerate flaws of health information system

You can recover from a drop in the GDP, but you cant recover from death, was the straightforward mindset of Argentinas President Alberto Fernndez and defined the countrys response to COVID-19. The South American nation imposed a strict...

Rwanda’s COVID-19 response commendable but health information system needs improvement

Rwanda is consistently working to improve its health information system from many years. However, it is primarily dependent on the collection and reporting of health data on a monthly basis. Besides, evaluation studies on Rwandas HIS publis...

Videos

Latest News

Majority opp parties back amendement to IBC; Some flag possible misuse by corporates, demand relief for farmers

A majority of opposition parties supported The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code Second Amendment Bill, 2020, which was passed by Rajya Sabha on Saturday, and also urged the government to provide interest waiver on loans to farmers and poor pe...

Selection board for granting permanent commission to women officers in Indian Army begins proceedings

The Ministry of Defence on Friday announced that the selection board for the grant of permanent commission to women officers has commenced its proceedings. The Special No 5 Selection Board constituted to screen women officers for grant of P...

Parliament's monsoon session likely to be curtailed, may end by mid-next week

The ongoing monsoon session of Parliament is likely to be curtailed and may end by the middle of next week in view of the threat of the COVID-19 spread among parliamentarians, official sources said on Saturday. At a meeting of the business ...

Biggest Thai protest in years targets government and monarchy

Around 20,000 people protested in Thailands capital on Saturday against the government of former coup leader and Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, with many demonstrators also calling for reforms to the monarchy. Down with feudalism, long l...

Give Feedback