Congress Protests Agnipath, ED Summons Rahul Gandhi Today

The Congress will protest the Agnipath plan as well as Rahul Gandhi’s ED summons in a money laundering case.

On Monday, the Congress will organise a peaceful demonstration against the Agnipath programme and Rahul Gandhi’s summons by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). Thousands of party members are scheduled to take part in the demonstration.

A delegation of Congress leaders will also meet with President Ram Nath Kovind to express their displeasure with the Delhi Police’s alleged mistreatment and harassment of party MPs during their protest against the ED interviewing Rahul Gandhi in the National Herald money laundering case.

Due to Sonia Gandhi’s hospitalisation, the ED granted Rahul Gandhi’s request to defer his interrogation in the case. Due to Covid difficulties, the temporary Congress chief has been admitted to the hospital.

“Tomorrow thousands of Congress workers throughout the country will continue peaceful protests against the anti-youth Agnipath project and against the Modi government’s vendetta tactics targeting its MP Rahul Gandhi,” said party general secretary Jairam Ramesh on Twitter.

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Senior Congress leaders, including Rajya Sabha Leader Mallikarjun Kharge, Lok Sabha Leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, and MP KC Venugopal, are scheduled to visit with President Ram Nath Kovind to inform him of the “unprovoked manhandling” of party MPs. It has been called a violation of democratic principles by Congress.

On Sunday, the grand old party organised a ‘Satyagraha’ in support of those opposing the government’s Agnipath project.

Rahul Gandhi had earlier in the day urged party officials and workers not to celebrate his birthday. He had said Saturday night in a letter to them that the country’s youth were distraught and protesting in the streets, and that Congress employees should stand with them.

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The ED investigation concerns potential financial irregularities at Young Indian Private Limited, which owns National Herald and is supported by the Congress. Young Indian owns and publishes the newspaper, which is produced by Associated Journals Limited (AJL).

Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi’s mother and Congress interim president, has been summoned by the agency for questioning in the case on June 23. She is now confined to a hospital here due to Covid.

According to the party, the AJL, which was founded in 1937, had massive debts, and the Congress paid Rs 90 crore to the National Herald newspaper from 2002 to 2011 to cover the salaries of the journalists and staffers who worked there.

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