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We didn’t politicise, Delhi Police called it terror attack: KC Venugopal on Parliament security breach | India News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: Firing a fresh salvo at the BJP-led central government over the massive security breach in Parliament, senior Congress leader KC Venugopal on Friday said it wasn’t the opposition members but Delhi Police that politicised the incident after labelling it as a terror attack.
Addressing a media briefing at the AICC headquarters in the national capital on Saturday, the Congress leader said Delhi Police, which reports to Union home minister Amit Shah, called the security breach on December 13 a terror attack.
“Delhi Police called it (parliament security breach) a terror attack. It comes under the Union home minister, doesn’t it? We (opposition members) didn’t politicise the incident, we didn’t call it a terror attack. We only put forward our concerns over the glaring lapse in security from the government side,” Venugopal said at the media briefing on Saturday.
Questioning the suspension of 13 Congress MPs from the Parliament on grounds of misconduct, the Congress national general secretary said, “You (Centre) people told us that this (new Parliament) building would be the safest place in the world. And, what happened the other day was because of lax security. Members (in the opposition) are being penalised for raising their voices against the government. For what reasons were 14 (opposition) MPs suspended?”
Along with 13 Congress members, Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha MP Derek O’Brien was also suspended by House chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar for the remainder of the ongoing Winter Session.
Meanwhile, the Congress on Friday announced the launch of its online crowdfunding campaign, ‘Donate for Desh’, aimed at “empowering the party to create an India rich in equal resource distribution and opportunities”.
Addressing reporters in the national capital, Venugopal said, “The Indian National Congress is proud to announce the launch of its online crowdfunding campaign, ‘Donate for Desh’. This initiative is inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s historic Tilak Swaraj Fund’ in 1920-21 and aims to empower our party in creating an India rich in equal resource distribution and opportunities.”
“The campaign will be officially launched by the party president on December 18 in Delhi with the donation link going live simultaneously. We encourage our state-level office bearers, our elected representatives, DCC Presidents, PCC Presidents, and AICC office bearers to contribute at least Rs 1,380 each,” Venugopal added.
The Congress leader said the crowd-funding drive will commemorate the 138-year journey of the party.
“Our inaugural campaign, ‘Donate for Behtar Bharat’, commemorates the 138-year journey of the Indian National Congress. Embracing our history, we invite supporters to donate multiples of Rs 138, symbolising the party’s enduring commitment to a better India,” Venugopal said.
He informed that the crowd-sourcing campaign will remain in vogue online till December 28, during which the party will also launch campaigns on the ground.
“We call upon all PCC chiefs to raise awareness through press conferences and social media. The campaign will primarily be online until December 28, the foundation day, after which we will initiate ground campaigns, including door-to-door visits by volunteers, targeting at least ten houses in every booth for contributions of at least Rs 138 from each house,” the Congress leader said.
“For the campaign’s effectiveness, all PCC presidents should identify potential donors among party well-wishers and functionaries, aiming for contributions of Rs 1,380 or Rs 13,800. This strategic approach will ensure the success of our vision for a better India,” he added.



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