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Maharashtra Congress activists detained for celebrating 'dark Diwali'

IANS  |  Mumbai 

activists were detained when they attempted to hoist black lanterns (kandeels) at Mantralaya, the headquarters, to celebrate a 'dark Diwali' on Monday.

Led by and others, the activists attempted to sneak inside the with black-coloured lanterns, but were prevented and caught by police and security personnel.

They were bundled off into waiting police vans as they shouted anti-government slogans and waved the black lanterns out of the (van) windows.

"Only two persons are celebrating this year, and For the rest of the country, it's a Dark with spiraling prices, exorbitant petrol-diesel rates, job losses after demonetization and Goods & Services Tax implementation, besides other issues," Ahmed said.

Accusing of creating delays in declaring drought in Maharashtra, he said the loan waiver announced last year was "merely on paper and farmers continued to commit suicides across the state, especially in the worst-hit region."

Though common people of the country in urban and rural areas continue to suffer, neither Modi nor Shah has time to visit and see first-hand the plight of the drought-hit farmers, he said.

The activists were taken to a local police station and later released.

--IANS

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First Published: Mon, November 05 2018. 18:48 IST
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