Thursday, August 4, 2022

Verbal clash between Kharge-Goyal in Rajya Sabha; Opposition sloganeering in both Houses over 'ED' action

New Delhi : The Enforcement Directorate (ED) blocked the office of ‘Young Indian’ company in ‘Herald House’, where Congress president Sonia Gandhi and former party president Rahul Gandhi are both directors, on Thursday, there was a strong reaction in both houses of Parliament. Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge and Union Minister Piyush Goyal had an aggressive verbal confrontation in the Rajya Sabha.

In the ‘National Herald’ case, ED officials had visited the company’s office to seize documents related to ‘Young Indian’. But as there was no official there, this office was locked and an order was passed that this office cannot be opened unless there is a director or an official of the company. In this regard, ‘ED’ issued a notice to Mallikarjun Kharge as the director and office bearer of the company and asked him to attend the office of ‘Young Indian’ at 12:30 on Thursday. Kharge opposed this notice of ‘ED’. The increased security around Sonia and Rahul’s residence by the Delhi Police also became a point of contention. On both these issues, a fight broke out in the Rajya Sabha between the opposition and the ruling party.

“The Monsoon Session of the Parliament is going on, the work is going on in the Rajya Sabha, I am the Leader of the Opposition and am participating in the work, yet the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has sent a notice to me and issued an order to come immediately. I have to go by 12:30 in the afternoon, as it is a legal matter I cannot avoid it, I will follow the law. But Kharge raised the question in the Rajya Sabha whether it is appropriate for the ‘ED’ to call me when the work of Parliament is going on.

Police have cordoned off the residences of Congress president Sonia Gandhi and former party president Rahul Gandhi while the Parliament session is underway. Is this action correct? If the central government is misusing the investigation system like ‘ED’ in this way, will democracy survive in the country? Will the Constitution survive? A deliberate attempt is being made by the central government to demoralize the leaders of the opposition parties.

On Kharge’s allegation, ‘The central government never interferes in the work of central investigation agencies. During the Congress rule at the Centre, there would be interference in the investigations of the investigating agencies. But our government does not interfere. The opposition’s allegation is baseless. The law enforcement agencies are doing their duty,” replied Piyush Goyal, group leader in the Rajya Sabha.

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