Bright Times News: Rahul Gandhi, a member of the Congress, today accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of using central government agencies as a means of exerting pressure to silence him and other members of the opposition.
In a money laundering investigation, Mr. Gandhi was questioned by the Enforcement Directorate for approximately 50 hours over five days in June. The federal agency questioned Sonia Gandhi, his mother, and the president of Congress, about the alleged money laundering using the National Herald newspaper.
“If you’re referring to National Herald, the entire situation is motivated by intimidation. Amit Shah and Narendra Modi believe that if they apply just enough pressure, we will remain silent. However, we won’t.
Gandhi told reporters today that Congress MPs were preparing for a meeting to discuss their strategy after the Enforcement Directorate closed the Young Indian office in Delhi due to a case involving the National Herald. Narendra Modi and Amit Shah, Whom We Are Against Democracy.
Journalists questioned him about the BJP’s threat that he would be left with nothing “Nowhere to hide,” Mr. Gandhi responded. “Who is in charge of the running talk? The ones who discuss running are they. No, we won’t. We’re terrified. We don’t fear Narendra Modi; go ahead and do anything you want. I’ll keep working to uphold democracy and keep the peace in the nation.”
The Enforcement Directorate reportedly questioned Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi hundreds of times in June and July on their connections to the National Herald newspaper and Young Indian Pvt Ltd.
In the National Herald case, Young Indian’s interactions with Associated Journals Limited, or AJL—the organization in charge of publishing the National Herald—and subsequent transactions are at issue. BJP leader Subramanian Swamy accused Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, and others of plotting to misappropriate funds in a complaint filed with the Delhi High Court.
The BJP had also responded to the significant demonstrations by leaders and members of the Congress while Sonia and Rahul Gandhi were being interrogated. The BJP has claimed that Rahul Gandhi’s assets worth Rs 2,000 crore were the real motivation behind the Congress’ protests, not the preservation of democracy.
“Congress leaders have openly rushed to the streets to put pressure on the investigating agency as their corruption has been revealed,” Union Minister Smriti Irani said during her questioning on June 13 in a statement. But she had added, “Not even Rahul Gandhi is beyond the law.”