Protests Erupt Across Several States After ED’s Summons to Rahul


Team Clarion

NEW DELHI – As the Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is being questioned by the Enforcement Directorate in the National Herald case in New Delhi, the party workers across the county resorted to protests and dharna outside ED office in several states in support of former party president.

In New Delhi Congress leaders, along with a number of party workers, on Monday protested outside the Enforcement Directorate (ED) office where their leader Rahul Gandhi appeared for interrogation.

The people were stopped at least 1 Km before the ED office with the Delhi Police placing a barricade there. The Congress workers sat just before the barricade and raised slogans in favour of their leader and against the present dispensation at the Centre.

Amidst heavy security deployment, the Congress leader reached the ED office. There was heavy police deployment in and around the ED office located at Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Road.

Earlier in the morning, hundreds of Congress workers reached the Congress headquarters to join Rahul Gandhi in their proposed march to the ED office.

Congress protest in Hyderabad.

Carrying placards, the party workers raised slogans against the Central government.

Delhi Police used mild force and forcibly removed the Congress workers protesting outside the ED office in the national capital as their leader Rahul Gandhi was being questioned by the financial probe agency in connection with the National Herald case.

The police could be seen picking up the Congress workers who were sitting in front of the barricades and bundled them in their vehicle.
Several of them were detained as a precautionary measure.

In Karnataka, Police have taken opposition leader Siddaramaiah and state Congress president D.K. Shivakumar into custody after they tried to lay siege to the Bengaluru office of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) along with hundreds of Congress workers on Monday.

The agitation was staged against the serving of notices by the ED to Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi and her son, Congress MP Rahul Gandhi and his questioning. The party workers began the protest in front of the Lal Bagh Gate and took out a protest march till the ED office.

78-year-old Oommen Chandy’s sloganeering for Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi.

In Hyderabad, the Congress party on Monday staged a massive protest against the summons issued by the Enforcement Directorate to party leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi in the National Herald case.

Vehicular traffic was thrown out of the gear core city area as hundreds of party leaders marched to the regional ED office at Basheerbagh.

The massive rally led by the party’s state President A. Revanth Reddy began from Necklace Road on the banks of Hussain Sagar.

Wearing black scarves, holding party flags and raising slogans against the Narendra Modi government at the Centre, the protestors marched to Basheerbagh via NTR Marg, Secretariat, Telugu Talli flyover, and Liberty.

In Gujarat, hundreds of workers and leaders of the Congress party on Monday reached Ahmedabad in solidarity with Rahul Gandhi and sent a strong message to the ruling party, that their arm-twisting tactics will not “demoralize or discourage party workers,” said Jagdish Thakor, president of the Gujarat Congress.

In Uttar Pradesh, several Congress leaders and workers were taken into custody in Lucknow when they attempted to march to the ED office in support of Rahul Gandhi.

Senior party leaders Aradhana Mishra Mona and Naseemuddin Siddiqui were placed under house arrest early on Monday morning.

Other party leaders were stopped by the police when they attempted to march to the ED office.

In Maharashtra, hundreds of Congress leaders and activists staged noisy demonstrations outside the Enforcement Directorate (ED) offices in Mumbai and Nagpur to protest against the central agency’s attempts to implicate Congress President Sonia Gandhi and MP Rahul Gandhi in alleged false cases.

The leaders and activists gathering near the ED offices in the state capital and the second capital (Nagpur), shouted slogans against the BJP, ED, and flayed attempts to muzzle the Opposition parties.

In Goa, the state Congress leaders protested in Panaji terming the Enforcement Directorate (ED) summons to Rahul Gandhi in the National Herald case as “vindictive politics” by the BJP.

Congress leaders sat on a dharna outside the ED office in Patna on Monday. — IANS

“The BJP government is playing vindictive politics against the Congress by summoning Rahul Gandhi in National Herald case. It is trying to suppress the voice of people of India. We want to show the world how they are targeting us,” Leader of Opposition Michael Lobo said, while protesting in front of the ED office in the state capital.

In Bihar, the Congress leaders sat on a dharna outside the ED office in Patna after former Congress President Rahul Gandhi appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in New Delhi.

The protest was headed by state Congress chief Madan Mohan Jha, who along with several other party leaders sat on a dharna outside the ED office located at Biscomaun Bhawan, reports IANS. 

In Madhya Pradesh, several Congress workers protested outside the ED office in Indore. Some protesting Congress workers were seen holding parrots in cages, mocking the central agency for its action against the Gandhi family.

State Congress President Kamal Nath, who is considered close to the Gandhi family, expressed his anger by accusing PM Modi of making a political attack.

Congress staged a sit-in outside the Enforcement Directorate in Dehradun to protest against the ED’s action against Rahul Gandhi. — IANS

Earlier on Monday, in New Delhi Congress workers were detained from outside the AICC headquarters where they had gathered for a proposed march to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) office with senior leader Rahul Gandhi ahead of the latter’s scheduled appearance later in the day.

Heavy deployment of police were seen outside the AICC office and Rahul Gandhi’s residence.

Meanwhile, the top brass of the Congress party from several states had arrived in Delhi to express their solidarity with Gandhi in the wake of ED’s interrogation in connection with the National Herald case. — With IANS inputs

Delhi police detained Congress members outside ED Office during the protest for supporting Rahul Gandhi summoned ED office. — IANS
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