Hyderabad: The Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) leaders organized a massive protest march from the Indira Gandhi statue on Necklace Road to the Enforcement Directorate office in Basheerbagh in Hyderabad on 13 June. They were protesting the ED notice sent to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. They also held a sit-in dharna in front of the ED office.
The protest was led by Malkajgiri Congress MP Anumula Revanth Reddy. The Congress alleged that the case against the Gandhi family was illegal and said truth will always win. They alleged that the ED has become a puppet in the hands of the ruling BJP government. Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi appeared at the ED office in New Delhi on Monday morning to be interrogated in connection with the National Herald case. In New Delhi, protesters were stopped a km from the ED office as the police placed barricades. Rahul left after three hours of questioning.
Protests in multiple cities
The Congress had given a pan-India call to its workers to protest against the Modi government's use of federal agencies against its top leaders. Massive protests were seen in Mumbai, Bangalore, and Dehradun, among other cities. Some of the party's top leaders, including Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, K.C Venugopal, Deepender S. Hooda, and Ashok Gehlot were detained during the protest march in New Delhi.
Protests an attempt to protect Gandhi family's assets: Irani
BJP leader and Union minister Smriti Irani slammed the Congress protests and said that "nobody was above the law, not even Rahul Gandhi." At a press meet on Monday, she said, "Congress leaders have taken to the streets to pressurize an investigating agency openly because their corruption has been exposed. It's an attempt to protect the assets of the Gandhi family."
Congress president Sonia Gandhi was also summoned for interrogation in the National Herald case but the interrogation was cancelled as she has tested positive for Covid-19. The ED has issued a fresh summons to Sonia Gandhi asking her to appear at the ED office on 23 June.