Congress leaders detained amid protests against ED summons to Rahul Gandhi

Delhi Police detained Congress leaders amid protests outside the party headquarters in support of the former chief of AICC Rahul Gandhi, who was summoned by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with a money laundering case.

Chief Ministers Ashok Gehlot and Bhupesh Baghel and the grand old party’s Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha MPs were holding placards and raising slogans at AICC headquarters in Delhi on Monday. Their plan was to take out a solidarity march to the ED headquarters.

Delhi Police had last night refused permission for the protest march, citing the “communal and law and order situation” and VVIP movements.

Meanwhile, police officials had been deployed in front of Rahul Gandhi’s house on Monday morning prior to his appearance in front of ED officials. Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will accompany Gandhi to the ED office, it is learnt.

“We’ll hold a peaceful protest march to the ED office under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi. We’re the protectors of the Constitution, we will not bow down or be scared. By deploying a large police force, it has been proven that Modi govt is shaken by Cong,” ANI quoted Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala saying.

The Congress has been accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government of using Enforcement Directorate and other central agencies to silence the voice of the Opposition.