April 22, 2018

Rahul Gandhi joins Midnight candle rally@ Delhi

15 April 2018, 06:08 | Casey Mitchell

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Attacking the PM, Rahul tweeted, "Dear Prime Minister, Thank you for breaking your long silence". You said "our daughters will get justice".

Leading the candle march at India Gate Rahul Gandhi said, "We want the government to act against violence and crimes against women". But certain sections of the party privately wondered the political rationale behind Gandhi's midnight vigil when the rest of the country was sleeping, thereby, liming its visibility and impact. "We are telling him (PM Modi) that he should get down to the job, implement it", the Congress president had said during the protests that are seen to be an effort to put the ruling BJP at the centre and the two states in a spot.

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"We are here against crimes being committed against women, against rapes, violence and murder and the government must act on this".

Modi's response comes a day after the Leader of Opposition and Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi's demand of Modi's intervention in the issue.

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He said Modi's silence over the rising atrocities against women was "unacceptable" and that India was waiting for him to speak up.

The candle-light protest on Thursday midnight was called at a short notice and saw people converging at the India Gate in sizeable numbers to express their support.

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Apart from scores of Congress workers, there were also students, people from civil society groups, professionals and mediapersons in the march.

The alleged bid to communalize and politicize the gang rape of 8-year old girl in Kathua District of Jammu & Kashmir has sparked nationwide anger and grief. Launching the #SpeakUp, Rahul gandhi minced no words while asking why are the accused rapists and murderers protected by the state. "Zakir Hussain was the main culprit with two [other] culprits", Lekhi said as she accused the media of not playing up the BJP's comments on the Kathua and Unnao rape cases.

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Taking lonely lead for his party, Union minister VK Singh has joined his voice to the national outrage.

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