Gujarat Congress on Monday staged a protest in Ahmedabad GMDC ground in support of the senior party leader Rahul Gandhi, who appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in New Delhi. Gandhi is to be questioned by the regulator over the National Herald money laundering case.
Gujarat Congress President Jagdish Thakor, Leader of Opposition Sukhram Rathva and other senior leaders protested in solidarity with Rahul Gandhi. Thakor slammed the BJP-led Modi government for imposing fake cases against the Gandhi family. He said that this proves that the Modi government is shaken by Congress.
The case pertains to the investigation into the alleged financial irregularities in the Congress-promoted Young Indian that owns the National Herald newspaper. This is based on a private criminal complaint filed by the former BJP MP Subramanian Swamy in 2013.
The paper is published by Associated Journals Limited and owned by Young Indian Pvt Limited.
The top Congress leaders who reached the party headquarters in Delhi today to join the protest include Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, his Chhattisgarh counterpart Bhupesh Baghel, Digvijaya Singh, P Chidambaram, Jairam Ramesh, Sachin Pilot, Mukul Wasnik, Gaurav Gogoi and Rajeev Shukla.
Meanwhile, the Delhi Police detained Congress workers amid sloganeering in support of Rahul Gandhi ahead of his appearance before the ED today in the National Herald case.
Addressing the media this morning, senior Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala said the barricading of the whole of Delhi “proves that the government fears us”.
“No one can oppress us, neither could the English nor can these new oppressors. We will march to the ED’s office, we will choose Gandhi’s path, and we will fight for the rights of the poor. The Congress is the voice of the common man for 136 years,” he said.
Sonia Gandhi too has been summoned by the central agency in this case. She sought more time after she tested Covid positive. The agency has now issued her a fresh summons for June 23. Last afternoon, the Congress chief had to be admitted to a hospital in Delhi due to Covid-related issues.