Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Manmohan Singh Court Arrest During 'Save Democracy' March

06/05/2016 12:26 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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Former Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh (L) and Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi (C) take part in the 'March for Democracy' protest against the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government led by the Bharatiya Janata Part's (BJP) Narendra Modi in New Delhi on May 6, 2016. Former Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh, Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi and party Vice-president Rahul Gandhi were briefly arrested at a police station and later released during a 'Save Democracy' protest march against the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). / AFP / PRAKASH SINGH (Photo credit should read PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, and Congress Party Vice President Rahul Gandhi today courted arrest while leading senior leaders and thousands of workers from their party in a march from Jantar Mantar towards Parliament Street.

Congress Party staged its "Save Democracy" rally at a time when the BJP is accusing its leaders of accepting bribes during the purchase of 12 helicopters from the British-Italian company AgustaWestland for Rs. 3,600 crores.

Last month, an Italian court ruled that bribes were paid to seal the deal.

In her speech targeting the "anti-democratic" Modi government, Sonia Gandhi raised several issues including the Jawaharlal Nehru University row, the drought, water shortages, while accusing the Centre of trying to destabilize its governments in Arunachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

"No matter what attempts made to scare us to defame us, we will not bow down," said she said.

Referring to the Jawaharlal Nehru University row, Gandhi said, "They are persecuting students. In the blink of an eye, they call someone a traitor."

Lawmakers from the BJP and the Congress Party continued to debate the AgustaWestland bribery case in Parliament today.

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