Wednesday, August 17, 2022

ED questions Rahul for over 8 hrs on second day; Cong, BJP spar

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was questioned for over eight hours by the Enforcement Directorate for the second consecutive day in the National Herald money-laundering probe and was again summoned on Wednesday, even as the opposition party continued its protests and sparred with the BJP, accusing it of conspiring to defame the Gandhi family through the ‘’false’’ case.
Gandhi, 51, who was quizzed for over 10 hours a day earlier, arrived on Tuesday at the ED headquarters accompanied by his sister and Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and his questioning began at 11:30 a.m.
After a session of about four hours, Gandhi took a break for about an hour. He rejoined the questioning and was still at the ED office at 9 p.m.
Earlier in the day, Gandhi joined senior party leaders at a “dharna” at the Congress headquarters, where the chief ministers of Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, Ashok Gehlot and Bhupesh Baghel, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and party MPs were also present.
BJP hit out at the Congress, saying it is blocking roads to show its “leaders are above the law” and termed the protests “drama”. “When lawful action is taking place in a case of corruption, Congress is doing this drama and blocking roads….it shows the party considers its leaders above law,” BJP’s national spokesperson Sambit Patra said.
Union minister Anurag Thakur also took a swipe at Rahul Gandhi over his questioning by the ED after the Congress leader criticised prime minister’s decision to provide 10 lakh government jobs in the next 18 months.
“I would only say to Rahul ji, you should first provide the right answers to the ED on the serious charges of corruption made against you,” the BJP leader told reporters.
The Congress, however, accused the BJP of conspiring to defame the Gandhi family and the party by destroying their credibility through a “false” money laundering case being pursued by the Enforcement Directorate.
Congress general secretary and chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala claimed that the Centre is scared of Gandhi’s politics as he is raising issues concerning the public.
“This entire exercise is illegal, unconstitutional, malicious and an exercise by a prime minister burning in the fire of political vendetta,” Surjewala told a press conference here.
The Congress had alleged that its leaders were manhandled by police during Monday’s protest as they tried to walk to the ED office.
All approach roads leading to the agency office were made out of bounds on Tuesday for the public as prohibitory orders were imposed and barricades put up.
A large posse of police personnel including from the central anti-riot police force RAF and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were deployed.


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