NEW DELHI: Irked over questioning of Indian National Congress, President, Sonia Gandhi by Enforcement Directorate for the third consecutive day, the Congress on Wednesday while launching attack on BJP government said there existed an “ED terror” in the country, as the government had “weaponised” the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.
Addressing a joint press conference at the AICC headquarters here with member G-23 leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said, “The government is misusing the agency to dislodge elected governments, as we saw in Maharashtra recently.” Anand Sharma on his part said, “The PMLA has been weaponised.
Raising the issue of suspension of several MPs from both the Houses of Parliament, Gehlot recalled how when the UPA was in power, on several occasions BJP members stalled the proceedings, “but never was such a harsh step taken”.
Countering the BJP allegations that the opposition is not interested in discussion in Parliament, Gehlot said, “The members, who were demanding discussion on price rise, hike in GST, rising unemployment and issue of Agniveer, have been suspended from the Houses.”
Noting that he had not been keeping well and so was not able to participate in the dharna, Azad said he might not have anything new to say, as most of his party colleagues had already said that in the last one month.
Azad, however, said it was beyond his comprehension that when all the papers related to the case are already with the ED then “what is the point in questioning Soniaji, who is old and ailing”. He said, “They would only have technical questions.”
He also wondered as to why the ED re-opened the case when once it had decided to close it. “When the ED had already questioned Rahulji then what is the need to call Soniaji,” he said.