New Delhi: Congress on Tuesday accused the government of trying to silence the Opposition, and also slammed the detention and manhandling of party leaders during yesterday’s protests.
Party Chief Spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said there was no FIR in the National Herald case, and raised questions on the summon given to Rahul Gandhi and party president Sonia Gandhi. He added that the case is based on a complaint by politician Subramanian Swamy, and said he has gotten his complaint stayed by a court.
“Govt is using ED- Election management department to target opposition. Why is Congress and Rahul Gandhi on govt’s target. Is this a conspiracy to silence the voice of Opposition?” said Surjewala.
He said Rahul Gandhi was targeted because he is raising the voice of Opposition on issues like India-China border tension, inflation, migrant crisis during lockdown and a number of other issues.
“Is Rahul Gandhi being an obstruction in letting Modi government help it’s rich friends? ”
Surjewala also gave a list of leaders including Himanta Biswa Sarma, BS Yeddyurappa, and Narayan Rane, who had ED cases against them, but have not been questioned since they joined the BJP.
“There 5422 cases with ED. 98percent cases, which translates to 5310 cases, have been registered under Modi government. This proves ED has become ‘election management department’,” he said.
He also slammed government over Monday’s incident, when over 400 Congress leaders and workers were arrested, and at least four senior leaders sustained injuries by Police.
“Delhi has been converted into a fortress again today. Are MPs, Congress leaders, former ministers a threat to the country?”
Congress leaders KC Venugopal and Shaktisinh Gohil were roughed up by police, former union Minister P Chidambaram suffered a hairline fracture in his rib, while Parmod Tiwari got a head injury and also fractured a rib.
Around 15 Members of Lok Sabha , 11 Members of Rajya Sabha, and Leader of Opposition, 5 MLAs of different State Assemblies, two Chief Ministers and other workers of the Congress Party were among the detainees.
Many leaders were detained for over 12 hours, said Congress.