Congress workers were detained ahead of their march this morning to protest the action against party leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi in the National Herald case.
Visuals from New Delhi showed Congress workers being detained and put into buses as they raised slogans in support of their leaders. More Congress workers are expected to hit the streets later in the day as the party has planned this protest as a show of strength.
Delhi | 'Satya ka Sangram' will continue under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi. Even the British could not suppress the voice of Congress during the freedom struggle, then how can this ruling govt?: Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala pic.twitter.com/tvOrv6HDoF— ANI (@ANI) June 13, 2022
Rahul Gandhi is expected to appear today before the Enforcement Directorate, which is probing the money laundering case. Police have imposed prohibitory orders near the agency’s office.
Delhi Police had last night refused permission for the protest march, citing the “communal and law and order situation” and VVIP movements. The Congress leaders had urged them to reconsider the decision, but to no avail.
Following this, several party leaders decided to protest in Delhi and several other cities.
The Congress has been accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah of using Enforcement Directorate and other central agencies to suppress the voice of opposition.
Besides Rahul Gandhi, Congress interim president 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. However, she would not be able to appear before the investigating agency as the Congress chief had to be admitted to a hospital in Delhi due to Covid-related issues. Sonia Gandhi had tested positive for Covid-19 last week, party leader Ranjeet Surjewala had informed media.