On June 13, former party head Rahul Gandhi will appear before the Enforcement Directorate in connection with a money laundering case, and the Congress is gearing up for a big show of strength in the national capital.
According to sources, all party MPs from both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha and top leaders have been requested to go to the party headquarters on Akbar Road on Monday morning.
In a show of solidarity for Gandhi, the party intends to march to the ED headquarters when he comes before the ED on APJ Abdul Kalam Road.
On Thursday evening, the party called a virtual conference of general secretaries, state in-charges, and state unit presidents to finalize the protest preparations.
Senior party officials urged state units to hold different campaigns in protest of the ED summons in connection with the National Herald-AJL deal’s money laundering issue.
The Congress has called the claims “false and unjustified,” adding that the summonses issued to Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi were part of the BJP’s “vendetta politics.”
The party had previously put on a similar show of force when the Gandhis were called in a separate matter and appeared in court.
Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, the Congress’s leaders, stated that they would testify before the ED because they had nothing to hide from the investigation agency and that the BJP should learn from it.
On Wednesday, Sonia Gandhi was summoned to the ED, but she requested a delay since she is recuperating from a coronavirus illness.
On Thursday, the president of Congress tested positive.
The CBI had called Rahul Gandhi on June 2, but he requested a new date since he was overseas.
The issue concerns an investigation into potential financial irregularities at the Young Indian newspaper, owned by the party. Young Indian Pvt Limited owns and publishes the publication published by Associated Journals Limited (AJL).
Officials said that the agency intended to record Gan’s words.