Opposition-affiliated organizations are calling for nationwide protests to take place between Monday, October 22, and Sunday, October 28, to denounce an allegedly corrupt fighter jet deal. Sit-ins and public meetings will be held at state and district levels. These groups are demanding the parliament look into the corruption allegations as well as the resignation of the Minister of Defense.
The aforementioned deal, concluded in 2016, saw India purchase 36 Rafale fighter jets from France. The opposition sees the deal as the embodiment of high-level corruption. Numerous protests have already been held on the issue.
Travelers in India should avoid all protests as a precaution. Expect a heightened security presence around gatherings and potential associated traffic disruptions.
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