Senior Congress President Sonia Gandhi launched a sharp attack on the Centre at the ‘Save Democracy’ rally. The protest march, which began at Jantar Mantar, is being attended by Congress president Sonia Gandhi, vice-president Rahul Gandhi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, among others.

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.

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will also address the Congress rally today which is being held in the backdrop of imposition of President’s Rule in Uttarkhand and Arunachal Pradesh and alleged attempts to destabilise the Congress government in Himachal Pradesh.

Rahul Gandhi is also expected to participate in a discussion on the AgustaWestland issue in the Lok Sabha today. Setting the tone for the rally, party spokesman Jairam Ramesh accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of “masterminding a conspiracy to implicate” Congress leadership in the AgustaWestland case.

“The cat is out by the manner in which the Prime Minister last night tweeted and hailed Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s reply in Rajya Sabha on the issue. It shows not only his mindset but his strategy too”, Mr Ramesh said.

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