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Black is the new black | Political Pulse News,The Indian Express

Opposition claims it has been blacked out in Parliament and outside. On Friday, the Congress chose black to fight back, like others before it

Politicians, especially of the Congress ilk, are known to be partial to white. On Friday, the party, going through one of its darkest periods, went all black, in its bid to raise the pitch against the Modi government over price rise, unemployment and GST.

Sonia Gandhi sported a black blouse and a black-bordered sari, Priyanka Vadra a black salwar-suit, and Rahul and many other Congress leaders wore either black shirts or kurtas. A day after spending eight hours with the Enforcement Directorate during a raid at Herald House, Leader of the Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge stood out amongst all, with his black kurta topped with a black turban.

At a time when the Opposition complains of being blacked out by the government inside Parliament, and by institutions outside, the Congress protest certainly drew attention.

Sources said the idea to wear black was by AICC general secretary in-charge of organisation K C Venugopal. Along with Rajya Sabha MP Shaktisinh Gohil, he then shared the idea at a meeting of Congress MPs in Parliament on Thursday.

An MP said that, unfortunately, all of them were not present at the meeting. “We conveyed the decision to as many people as we could. But we forgot to put out a message.” As a result, many MPs, especially men, who did not have a black shirt rushed to go shopping for one in the morning.

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