Adani Row: Congress will hold nationwide protest outside SBI branches and LIC offices today

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Congress will launch a national protest from Parliament to the streets on Monday. The Grand Old Party will protest in front of the branches of Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) and State Bank of India (SBI).

While Congress MPs will protest in front of the Gandhi statue inside the Parliament precincts, the NSUI-Youth Congress will hold demonstrations outside the SBI and LIC offices at the Parliament police station.

Congress has been trying to harness support from opposition parties on the Adani issue, but it remains to be seen whether parties like Bharat Rashtra Samithi, Aam Aadmi Party and Trinamool Congress will join the congress-led protest or just broadcast their moral support on the matter.

Congress also launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP on Monday while posing 3 questions to the PM on the Adani dispute. They questioned the ‘deafening’ silence of the prime minister on the accusations leveled against the Adani group.

Questioning PM Modi on Twitter, Congress Secretary General (Communications) Jairam Ramesh wrote: “The PM’s eloquent silence on Adani MahaMegaScam has forced us to start a series, HAHK-Hum Adanike Hain Kaun. We are going to pose 3 questions to the PM every day starting today. Here are the top three. Chuppi Todiye Pradhan Mantriji”

Congress along with other opposition parties have alleged that Adani group’s falling share prices is a scam involving ordinary people’s money as LIC and SBI have invested in these companies. A total of 16 opposition parties have called for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) or Supreme Court-supervised inquiry into the allegations raised by US activist short seller Hindenburg Research.

Meanwhile, Union Broadcasting and Information Minister Anurag Singh Thakur has maintained that the government has nothing to hide over the Adani dispute while accusing the Opposition of evading discussion in Parliament.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the drop in Adani’s share prices was a company-specific problem, arguing that regulators Sebi and RBI should always be vigilant to keep the stock market stable.

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