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After Modi says ‘red cap is red alert’, SP MPs flaunt theirs at protest against RS suspensions

Referring to Samajwadi Party's red caps, PM Modi said in Gorakhpur Tuesday they were a 'sign of danger'. Akhilesh Yadav & Jaya Bachchan wore them in Parliament complex Wednesday.

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New Delhi: On Tuesday, while addressing a rally in Gorakhpur, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had targetted the Samajwadi Party and said that those in red caps were a “red alert” and “sign of danger” for the state.

The next day, Wednesday Samajwadi Party MPs, wearing red caps, arrived in the Parliament House complex Wednesday to participate in a protest called by opposition MPs over the suspension of 12 Rajya Sabha members from the winter session.

Many SP leaders, including Akhilesh Yadav and Jaya Bachchan, were seen wearing the party’s trademark red cap.

The PM’s statement has already snowballed into a major controversy with opposition leaders slamming the remarks.

Senior leaders who were present at Wednesday’s protest included Congress’ Digvijaya Singh and Mallikarjun Kharge, and NCP’s Supriya Sule.

The Rajya Sabha was adjourned Wednesday after opposition members protested against its chairperson and Vice-President of India Venkaiah Naidu’s refusal to allow Kharge to raise the issue of the suspension of the 12 MPs.

Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav adjusts his cap, as he arrives in Parliament to support the suspended Rajya Sabha MPs, who have been staging a protest near a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in the Parliament complex | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav adjusts his cap as he arrives to support the suspended Rajya Sabha MPs who have been staging a protest near a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in the Parliament complex | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Akhilesh Yadav's cap drew attention because of the PM's comments Tuesday, on those in red caps, a reference to the SP | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Akhilesh Yadav’s cap drew attention because of the PM’s comments Tuesday, on those in red caps, a reference to the SP | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Akhilesh Yadav wit other leaders protesting against the suspension of 12 Rajya Sabha MPs from the winter session of Parliament | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Akhilesh Yadav with other leaders protesting against the suspension of 12 Rajya Sabha MPs from the winter session of Parliament | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Nationalist Congress Party leader Supriya Sule offers lunch to the suspended Rajya Sabha MPs sitting on protest | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Nationalist Congress Party leader Supriya Sule offers lunch to the suspended Rajya Sabha MPs sitting on protest | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Trinamool Congress leader Dola Sen uses fellow party leader Shanta Chhetri's back for support, as she signs a letter | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Trinamool Congress leader Dola Sen uses fellow party leader Shanta Chhetri’s back for support, as she signs a letter | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Congress leader P. Chidambaram arrives to support the suspended Rajya Sabha MPs | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Congress leader P. Chidambaram arrives to support the suspended Rajya Sabha MPs | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Nationalist Congress Party leader Sharad Pawar and Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut led support the suspended Rajya Sabha MPs | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Nationalist Congress Party leader Sharad Pawar and Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut lend support to the suspended Rajya Sabha MPs | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Congress leader Anand Sharma in conversation with Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Congress leader Anand Sharma in conversation with Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge at the protest venue | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge at the protest venue | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen President Asaduddin Owaisi walks by the protestors | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen President Asaduddin Owaisi walks by the spot where the protestors were gathered | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, with party members Deepender Singh Hooda and K. C. Venugopal outside Parliament House | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, with party members Deepender Singh Hooda and K.C. Venugopal, outside Parliament House | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Opposition leaders Manoj Jha, Jairam Ramesh, P. V. Abdul Wahab and Sanjay Singh at the protest venue | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Opposition leaders Manoj Jha, Jairam Ramesh, P.V. Abdul Wahab and Sanjay Singh at the protest venue | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Parliament House staff, carrying chairs, walk by the protest venue | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Parliament House staff, carrying chairs, walk by the protest venue | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint


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