“Surname [government] thought they would be able to silence us with a little pressure… We wouldn’t be intimidated. We are not afraid of Narendra Modi. They can do whatever they want…” Rahul told reporters when asked about the incident.
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In a direct attack, Rahul said that Congress will stand firm against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Minister Amit Shah, who are “acting against democracy.”
The ED on Wednesday sealed off part of the Herald House in New Delhi and while conducting a search of the building as part of an investigation into Young Indian’s finances. In the course of action, the Delhi Police blocked roads leading to Parliament headquarters in the national capital, prompting Parliament leaders to declare that the party was “under siege”.
Speaking at a hastily convened news conference at the party office on Wednesday, Parliament leaders Jairam Ramesh, Ajay Maken and Abhishek Singhvi said the party would not be threatened by this kind of “cheap and cheap politics” petty” and will continue to raise people’s problems.
On Tuesday, the ED raided dozens of locations, including the National Herald newspaper and the Herald House portal office as part of a money-laundering investigation into the National Herald-AJL-Young Indian settlement. .
The case concerns allegations of financial irregularities during the 2010 acquisition of AJL by Gandhi-owned Young India Ltd.
The ED has widely questioned the Speaker of the National Assembly Sonia Gandhi and her congressman’s son Rahul Gandhi in the case in addition to several other Congressional politicians in the case.
While Sonia Gandhi was questioned for more than 11 hours in three rounds last month, Rahul was questioned for more than 50 hours over five days in June.
The interrogation led to a series of protests by members of Congress across the country, with senior leaders taking to the streets to condemn the ED action against the Gandhis.
The Congress party said it loaned an ailing AJL 90 crore between 2001-02 and 2010-11 and then, in 2011, shares of AJL were allocated to Young Indian and the debt was repaid. converted into equity and the loan was extinguished in the books of the AJL.
The ED claims these transactions attract anti-money laundering fees because of a complex network of transactions and money routing conducted by the party and its leaders to purchase AJL assets worth many rupees. .
(With input from agencies)