Gujarat Congress on Sunday slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the Enforcement Directorates’s (ED) summons to the Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi in connection with the National Herald case. On July 13 the state leadership will hold a protest near the ED office in Ahmedabad.
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.
While addressing the press conference national Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera said that Young Indian Pvt Ltd is a non-profit company where Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi, and others hold the position of directors. As it’s a non-profit company none of the directors will receive any income or profit from it.
Khera claimed that ED is trying to suppress Congress by implicating Sonia and Rahul Gandhi in ‘fake cases.’
“Rahul Gandhi has been summoned by the federal agency on July 13 in the money laundering case linked to the National Herald newspapers. Congress leaders will accompany Rahulji peacefully to the ED office in a Gandhian way,” Khera said.
Gujarat Congress State President Jagdish Thakor said that on July 13 at GMDC Ground, Memnagar, Ahmedabad, the Gujarat Congress leadership will protest in solidarity with Rahul Gandhi as part of the nationwide dharna demonstration against the false case made by the dictatorial BJP government against the Indian National Congress Party leaders.
The Congress party is planning to hold ‘satyagraha’ in front of ED offices in all states across India.
The ED on Friday issued fresh summons to Sonia Gandhi on Friday after she failed to appear on an earlier date due to her COVID-19 diagnosis. The 75-year-old has been asked to appear on June 23.