Opposition MPs March in black attire demanding the Joint Parliamentary Committee over the Adani Issue and raising pitch against govt. after Shri Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification

New Delhi: The opposition parties protested against the Centre over the Adani Group issue, wearing black attire and marched from the Parliament complex towards Vijay Chowk in the national capital on March 27, 2023.

The opposition MPs raised slogans against the government at the Gandhi statue in the Parliament House complex and demanded to constitute a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the allegations of corporate fraud and stock price manipulations against the Adani Group.

Congress President and Rajya Sabha Leader of Opposition Shri Mallikarjun Kharge and UPA Chairperson Smt. Sonia Gandhi also joined the protest.

During the march, Shri Kharge was seen holding the hands of other MPs and marching towards Vijay Chowk. A banner of ‘Satyameva Jayate’ was also seen. The Opposition parties MPs were seen holding placards and chanting slogans against the Centre and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his close association with Adani. The march comes after both the Houses of the Parliament were adjourned within minutes of their commencement.

Earlier in the house, the opposition MPs were sloganeering over the Adani Group issue and Shri Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification due to which both the Houses were adjourned.

Earlier in the morning, the opposition MPs held a meeting at the chamber of LoP Rajya Sabha and Congress President Shri Mallikarjun Kharge in the Parliament building to formulate the strategy for the day.

Shri Mallikarjun Kharge also raised the issue of Shri Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification as MP after a Surat court convicted and sentenced him in a 2019 criminal defamation case. “You want to defame Rahul Gandhi that is why you transferred the case to Gujarat even as the comments were made in Kolar in Karnataka. Today is a black day for democracy,” Shri Kharge said.

The opposition parties which participated in the meeting include DMK, Samajwadi Party, JD(U), Bharat Rashtra Samithi, CPI(M), RJD, Nationalist Congress Party, CPI, IUML, MDMK, Kerala Congress, TMC, RSP, AAP, J-K NC and Shiv Sena (Uddhav faction).

Trinamool Congress MPs also participated in the meeting which came as a huge development following Shri Rahul Gandhi’s suspension as MP from Lok Sabha.

TMC party chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who has been a critic of the BJP, also supported Shri Rahul Gandhi.

Congress President Shri Mallikarjun Kharge welcomed TMC’s move to participate in the meeting stating that anyone who comes forward to “protect democracy” is welcome.

“I thank everyone who supported this. That is why, I thanked everyone yesterday and I thank them today as well. We welcome anyone who comes forward to protect democracy and Constitution and safeguard the people. We extend heartfelt gratitude to the people who support us,” Kharge said. Meanwhile, the opposition MPs were seen donning black clothes in protest against the Centre over the Adani issue and Shri Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification.