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Congress protests bid to cover up Gandhis’ corruption: BJP

The ruling party says Rahul Gandhi should not blame democracy for repeated poll defeats

rahul gandhiCongress leader Rahul Gandhi, wearing black clothes, along with party MPs marches towards Rashtrapati Bhawan as part of party's nationwide protest over price rise, unemployment and GST hike on essential items, in New Delhi, Aug. 5, 2022. (PTI)

On a day when the Congress took out a protest march against price rise and joblessness, BJP alleged it was aimed at “saving” the Gandhi family from corruption charges.

Slamming Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for his comment that India was witnessing the “death of democracy” under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad accused the Congress leader of making “shameful and irresponsible” comments and asked not to blame democracy for the repeated poll debacles of the Congress.

“Why do you blame democracy when the people of India reject you with repeated regularity?” he said, asking Rahul if there was democracy within his party, which had some “good leaders” but it was all about the Gandhi family.

The former Union Minister asked Gandhi to “stop demeaning the institutions of India to safeguard his corruption and misdeeds. “If people don’t listen to you, why are you blaming us. If people saw dictatorship, it was during the Emergency when people, including Opposition leaders and editors, were jailed, judges superseded and censorship imposed. Indira Gandhi had then spoken about having committed judiciary,” the former law minister said.

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Rahul has alleged that no institution in the country is independent and claimed that his family is attacked because it fights for democracy and communal harmony. Those who raise people’s issues and stand against the onset of dictatorship are “viciously attacked” and put in jail, he said.

Referring to the ED probe against Rahul and Congress president Sonia Gandhi in the National Herald case, Prasad said the former Congress president must answer as to how Young Indian, a firm in which the two Gandhis have 76 per cent stake, allegedly acquired the National Herald’s assets worth over Rs 5,000 crore with the investment of only Rs 5 lakh. The judiciary refused to quash charges against them and he was now blaming institutions, the BJP leader said.

“Rahul will have to face consequences for what he has done,” Prasad said, adding: “You will have to face trial and answer the ED’s questions.”

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“Price rise and unemployment are merely excuses,” he said of the Congress’ protest and added: “The basic reason is to intimidate the ED and save the family.” He hit out at Rahul for alleging that the Opposition was not allowed to raise issues in Parliament and said Congress members had also spoken during a debate on price rise.

Union Minister Anurag Thakur said the protests by the Congress from Parliament to the streets cannot turn the “truth” of corruption charges against its leaders into a lie.

“They are trying to pressure the government and probe agencies after indulging in corruption. The BJP came to power in 2014 and had promised to give corruption-free governance. This is what Modi has delivered in eight years. Probe agencies are now working against corruption done earlier,” he said.

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“Should investigation agencies stop doing their work? Should some parties be allowed to do corruption?” he said.

Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra should not obstruct the ED’s work, he said, claiming the agency works under no political pressure and functions independently.

Both Rahul and his sister, a Congress general secretary, were detained by police during their party’s protest.

First published on: 05-08-2022 at 12:30:58 pm
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