Congress General Secretary in-charge of Uttar Pradesh Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and other senior Congress party leaders were taken into preventive custody by the Delhi Police as the Rahul Gandhi-led Congress delegation marched towards Rashtrapati Bhawan on Thursday morning to meet President Ram Nath Kovind.
Vadra and other leaders were sent away in a bus to Mandir Marg police station. They are expected to be released shortly.
The detained leaders were part of a delegation comprising Congress Working Committee (CWC) members and Members of Parliament going to meet the President to submit a memorandum of 2 crore signatures collected in the past three months against the three new farm laws enacted in September this year.
Rahul Gandhi proceeded to the Rashtrapati Bhawan to meet President Ram Nath Kovind and said the farmers won’t budge from Delhi borders until the farm laws are repealed.
After the meeting with the President, Rahul Gandhi said that all the opposition parties stand with farmers and the centre should call a joint session of Parliament and repeal the laws.
Apart from Priyanka Gandhi, the other leaders detained at Mandir Marg police station are party general secretary in-charge of organisation KC Venugopal, Haryana Congress president Kumari Selja, CWC member Kuldeep Bishnoi and Maharashtra in-charge HK Patil.
The additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) said Section 144 has been imposed in New Delhi area due to Covid-19 and no social gatherings are allowed.