Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Manmohan Singh and other Congress leaders were arrested before being released few minutes laters. (Photo: Sunil Saxena)
Senior Congress leaders, including party president Sonia Gandhi, vice president Rahul Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh, on Friday courted arrest after they were stopped from going to Parliament House as part of their "Save Democracy March" in the national capital.
Congress leaders started their march from Jantar Mantar to Parliament House but were stopped by police as section 144, which prevents assemble of five or more persons in an area, had been imposed in the area.
They later went to the Parliament Street police station to court arrest and were released after some time.
Former defence minister A.K. Antony, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, party's leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, were among those who courted arrest.
Before the march, Congress president said that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is "killing democracy", and destabilising elected governments in states with a motive to capture power all over.
"Their (BJP) lust for power is increasing and thus they are killing the democratically-elected governments forcefully," Sonia said, addressing the crowd at the Loktantra Bachao March .
She said BJP was not concerned about the democracy as their only motive "is to capture power everywhere", adding Congress was a party that had "given their blood and laid down lives to protect the basic principles of humanity".
She termed increasing attacks over the Congress by the BJP-led central government as "anti-national" and said "nothing new for us to fight anti-national elements. Life has taught me to struggle, we have faced a lot of challenges. They don't know what we are made of".
Earlier, Rahul Gandhi also launched a scathing attack at the Modi government, saying the country was being run by only two persons -- Modi and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat. "Today in India, the voice of only two people are heard, Narendra Modiji and Mohan Bhagwatji."
He alleged that the government made false accusations against people who are critical of the prime minister and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He said: "Anyone who dares to speak against them (Modi and Bhagwat) are charged with false allegations."
Rahul also alleged that the Union government broke all the laws by destabilising the Congress government in Arunachal Pradesh and removed all the elected leaders.
Congress and the BJP have been of late involved in a bitter banter on a range of issues, including the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam.