Mangaluru: Several Congress leaders from the district were detained on Friday during the protest march against the Enforcement Directorate’s questioning of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi in the National Herald case.
Dakshina Kannada Congress leaders held a protest march from Falmir’s SL Mathias Park to the ED office in Attavar on Friday, June 17 against the ED’s questioning of its national leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.
During the protest, the Congress leaders tried to enter the ED premises and were stopped and detained by the police.
Deputy leader of Opposition in the Karnataka Assembly U T Khader on Friday said the BJP government cannot tolerate Rahul Gandhi as he represents the voice of the common man. The ruling party is trying to sully his image as they are scared of his stature, he said.
Addressing the protesters, former minister B Ramanath Rai said ED summons and questioning of Rahul were condemnable and the Centre was misusing constitutionally formed government institutions to tarnish the image of opposition leaders with political motives.
He said several cases against political leaders who joined the BJP were closed by the agencies at the behest of the Union government.
Former minister Ramanath Rai, Ivan D’souza, Harish Kumar, and others participated in the protest march and raised slogans against the actions of the Union government.
In Udupi, Congress workers staged a massive protest in front of the deputy commissioner’s office against the Centre’s alleged unjustified move against Rahul Gandhi. The protesters were removed and taken into custody when they tried to barge into the DC’s office.
Former minister Vinay Kumar Sorake, who addressed the workers, said the ED had already questioned Rahul for 31 hours and continuing the interrogation. The probe team is crossing the limits in the case, he said.
Party’s Udupi in-charge Abhaychandra Jain, DCC president Ashok Kumar Kodavoor and other leaders took part in the protest.