Cong stages protest against Sonia Gandhi’s appearance at ED office

Congress activists being detained during protest in Jammu on Thursday. —Excelsior/Rakesh
Congress activists being detained during protest in Jammu on Thursday. —Excelsior/Rakesh

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR/JAMMU, July 21: Congress Party today staged strong protest against Sonia Gandhi’s appearance before Enforcement Directorate (ED) today in Srinagar and Jammu and slammed BJP’s vendetta politics against the opposition especially, Gandhi family.
Senior Congress leaders, former Legislators, DCC presidents, heads of Frontal organizations and prominent party leaders led by JKPCC president, Ghulam Ahmad Mir assembled at Srinagar Party office this morning and staged strong protest against Sonia Gandhi’s appearance at Delhi ED office while terming it as vendetta politics of Modi Government against Gandhi family.
Former JKPCC president Peerzada Mohd Sayeed, former Ministers/Legislators GM Saroori. Haji Abdul Rashid Dar, Ghulam Nabi Monga, Mohd Amin Bhat, Gulzar Ahmad Wani besides PCC office bearers, DCC presidents, Frontal organizations and prominent party workers participated and expressed solidarity with Sonia Gandhi.
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Speaking on the occasion Mir slammed ED summon to Congress president Sonia Gandhi in National Herald case which has no basis and said such vendetta politics won’t deter the leadership from opposing the wrong and anti-people policies of Modi Government towards the people. He said Congress has always been at the forefront of fighting tyranny and Party president Sonia Gandhi has fought against innumerable odd she has faced in life.
Mir said Gandhi family has given countless sacrifices and immensely contributed to inclusive development of Nation during last 70 years, but the present Modi regime at Centre is unable to digest it , so it has started indulging in imaging tarnishing of Gandhi’s under the garb of ED summons.
Senior party leaders, Peerzada Mohd Sayeed and GM Saroori also spoke on the occasion.
Similar protest was held by the JKPCC unit outside Congress headquarters, Shahidi Chowk, Jammu today. JKPCC working president, Raman Bhalla was leading the protest while several senior leaders including Tara Chand, Mula Ram, Ravinder Sharma, Yogesh Sawhney, Balwan Singh, Balbir Singh, Dr Manohar Lal, Uday Bhanu Chib and others were accompanying.
They were shouting loud slogans against the Modi Government for using Government agencies to harass Gandhi family. They said Sonia Gandhi despite being not in good health condition, was summoned to ED office just for the sake of political rivalry and victimization on the behest of BJP Government. Raman Bhalla and several others also addressed the gathering.
They said that party stands like rock behind the party president and Gandhi family and strongly oppose wrong policies of BJP Government. Scores of Cong activists were detained by police.
They also strongly criticized the Modi Government for imposing fresh taxes on the essential commodities and alleged that Modi Govt was hell bent upon to break the backbone of the poor and lower middle class people.
The JKPCC leaders in unison expressed solidarity with Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vowed to fight against the BJP’s vendetta and anti-people policies. After holding protests for some time, party workers dispersed.