Congress and government clash in parliament over ED action
New Delhi: Congress on Thursday raised the issue of the action of the Law Enforcement and Police Gherao Directorate of its party office and residences of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, opposition leader Mallikarjun Kharge telling the Rajya Sabha that he was summoned by the ED at some point. when Parliament is in session.
House Leader Piyush Goyal, however, asserted that the government does not interfere in the operation of law enforcement and said Congress leaders should face the law, not run from it and allow the Parliament to function.
Raising the issue during Question Time, after an uproar from the opposition in the House over the government’s alleged misuse of agencies to target leaders, Kharge said it was an attempt to intimidate them and that they would not be intimidated.
“This House is functioning and I am the leader of the opposition parties. But at the moment I have received a summons from the ED to appear before it when a session of Parliament is in progress. At this moment when the Parliament works, is it just the part of Ed to summon me?” he asked amid cries of “shame, shame” from the opposition benches.
Noting that he is a law-abiding citizen and must leave for the ED office at 12:30 p.m., Kharge said, “I don’t want to circumvent the law and I want to follow the law.”
He also said the residences of Congresswoman Sonia Gandhi and party leader Rahul Gandhi were raided by police.
“If we continue like this, will our democracy stay alive? Are we going to function according to our Constitution? This is done on purpose to demoralize us, destroy us and intimidate us. But we will not be afraid or intimidated and we we will fight,” the Congress leader said, demanding there be a discussion of the issue in the House.
Chief Congress Whip at the Rajya Sabha Jairam Ramesh also alleged that ‘Modishahi’ was hitting a new low as Kharge was summoned by the ED in the middle of a parliamentary session.
‘Mallikarjun Kharge, leader of the opposition in Rajya Sabha, was summoned by the ED when parliament was in session. He of course left around 12:20 p.m. and introduced himself. It’s Modishahi hitting new lows,’ the former Union minister said on Twitter.
Responding to his remarks, Goyal said that this government does not interfere in the functioning of law enforcement and accused Congress of interfering in their work when in power.
He also refuted Kharge’s claims and said congressional leaders should face the law and not run.
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“They may have interfered with the operation of law enforcement when they were in power,” he said.
“If someone has done something wrong, the law will take its course. Everything the LOP says is completely baseless. The case went to the Supreme Court. Congressional leaders are out on bail and the Congressional leaders and the LOP should instead follow the law of fleeing,” Goyal said.
“Our government does not interfere in the operation of law enforcement in any way and allows them to do their job. Their government used to interfere in the operation of law enforcement. Our government did not nothing like that,” he added. added.
Calling on opposition members to allow the House to function, he said, “They shouldn’t insult the president.
Opposition members continued to hurl slogans into the House well, even as the Speaker continued Question Time amid the din.
V Vijaisai Reddy, who was in the chair, kept imploring protesting opposition members to return to their seats.
“It’s not right to go into the pit and stand in front of the podium. Please return to your seats,” Reddy told the relentless members of the opposition.