Rahul, 50 Cong MPs detained for protesting against Centre, ED
New Delhi: Congress MP from Wayanad in Kerala and former president of the party Rahul Gandhi has said, “India is a police state.” He made the statement to the reporters on Tuesday when he, together with 50 law-makers of the party, was detained for protesting against quizzing of party’s interim president Sonia Gandhi by the officials of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with the National Herald newspaper. They were kept in the new police lines, Kingsway camp, in the national capital. According to deputy commissioner of police Amrutha Gutuloth, as many as 50 MPs, along with Rahul Gandhi, were detained from the north fountain near Parliament.
After the ED sent summons to Sonia Gandhi, the Congress resolved to stage protests across the country. As part of the agitation, the party MPs were marching towards Rashtrapati Bhawan to draw the President’s attention to how the Central Government is misusing the government machinery. They were going to hand over a memorandum to the President, Droupadi Murmu, but they were detained near Vijay Chowk.
After that, the Congress leaders squatted on the road near Parliament holding placards, raising slogans against the probe agency and the Central Government.
Later, Rahul Gandhi among several other leaders was detained by the police and taken to new police lines, Kingsway Police camp in a bus. According to Rajya Sabha MP KC Venugopal, the government is not allowing any discussion on various issues, including price rise, inflation and unemployment. The government has made Parliament a mockery, he said, adding that the party MPs wanted to give a memorandum to the President.