NEW DELHI: As the Enforcement Directorate questioned Rahul Gandhi in the National Herald case on Monday, BJP dismissed the Congress allegations of ‘vendetta’ and called the opposition party’s protests as a “drama to save the Gandhi family and not democracy” as it defended the agency’s action.
The party accused Congress of putting pressure on ED, saying its leaders hit the streets in support of corruption and to protect the ‘assets’ of the Gandhi family.
“The clarion call of Rahul Gandhi to Congress workers to reach the national capital in the name of ‘saving democracy’ is a blatant attempt to save properties worth over Rs 2,000 crore amassed by the Gandhi family,” said Union minister and senior BJP leader Smriti Irani. “What would you name this strategy of Congress openly pressuring an investigation agency?” she asked at a press conference.
Noting that nobody is above the law, she said never before such a blatant attempt was made by a political family to hold a probe agency to ransom.
“Over 5,000 freedom fighters had shares in the newspaper when it was floated, and now the Gandhi family owns it,” she said, adding that the Young Indian was officially formed for charity purposes in 2010 but it had not undertaken any charitable work in last six years. “It served not society but the Gandhi family,” she said.
Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan said, “Juvenile optics and resource mobilisation for creating a hostage-like situation for the investigating agencies will not deviate the spotlight from the corruption of ‘The Family’.”
“Congress members should also ask Rahul Gandhi about his family’s relations with Dotex Merchandise, which she described as a hawala operator whose transactions have been flagged by the Financial Intelligence Unit,” she said.

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