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National Herald case: Congress workers detained for protesting ahead of Rahul Gandhi’s meeting with ED

By wasmulhaq 
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New Delhi: The moment senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was ready to present himself for face-to-face questioning before the Enforcement Directorate on Monday, June 13, accused in the National Herald case, before his questioning, numerous Congress workers came on the road and were detained outside Rahul’s residence. His supporters were protesting against the government for misusing central agencies.

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The ED issued summons to Sonia and Rahul Gandhi on June 1 over money-laundering cases linked to the National Herald-Associated Journals Ltd deal.

Earlier, Rahul was asked to appear on June 2, but he requested to get some more time because he was abroad. While Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi has been getting COVID-19 treatment, she sought more time.

Ahead of Rahul’s appearance to face questions on Monday, Congress leaders came out in support of Rahul, and several of them were detained for raising slogans in Delhi. Party leader Shama Mohamed said: “Why are these policemen stopping us from supporting Rahul Gandhi?” The deployment of cops is really shocking.

Meanwhile, the Congress on Sunday accused the ruling BJP of misusing central agencies before Rahul’s questioning. Several party leaders lashed out at the saffron party. Senior party leader P Chidambaram says that the ED action is “unjustified”. “It seems that the ED’s jurisdiction does not extend to the BJP members or to states ruled by it,” he said.

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Congress leaders in several places emerged in favour of Rahul Gandhi. Leaders like Sachin Pilot in Lucknow, Vivek Tankha in Raipur, Digvijaya Singh in Bhopal, Sanjay Nirupam in Shimla, Ranjeet Ranjan in Chandigarh, Pawan Khera in Ahmedabad, and Alka Lamba also conveyed their support to the leader.

Posters reading “I am Rahul Gandhi” and “Dear Modi & Shah, Rahul Gandhi won’t bow” have also come up in several places in Delhi in support of the Congress MP.

On Monday, Randeep Singh Surjewala said that the Congress is ready to organise a Satyagraha march. Surjewala’s statement came after Delhi Police didn’t allow the party workers to carry out the protest march in Delhi.

Surjewala further stated that “‘Satya ka Sangram’ is to be continued under the guidance of Rahul Gandhi. The British failed to smother the voice of Congress during the freedom movement then how can this ruling government suppress the voice of truth.

Wasim Haque

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