While the Delhi Police refused the party permission to protest at the Raj Ghat and enforced section 144 there, top Congress leaders met on Monday to develop a plan a day before Sonia Gandhi was scheduled to be questioned by the Enforcement Directorate in a money laundering case.
Tuesday is the second round of questioning in the money laundering case involving the National Herald newspaper with the Congress president.
Congress leaders have protested against Mrs. Gandhi being questioned by the government agency, and they have decided to hold another peaceful demonstration on Tuesday.
However, the Delhi Police refused their request for permission to hold a “Satyagrah” at Raj Ghat, the Mahatma Gandhi monument. Also, they placed a prohibitory order under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code in the vicinity.
It was resolved to gather at the AICC headquarters and organize peaceful demonstrations during party general secretaries and MPs’ meetings at the Congress headquarters in Delhi.
“We made the choice to protest tomorrow in a nonviolent manner in front of Raj Ghat. The Delhi Police turned down our request for authorization after we submitted it. It’s regrettable and unacceptable. The administration is silencing the voice of the opposition “said KC Venugopal, a congressman.
“The Gandhian ideals of nonviolence and satyagraha served as the foundation for our liberation struggle. These ideas overcame limitations and became a beacon of hope for many downtrodden people. The Modi administration implements 144 to stop our Satyagraha at all locations, “He tweeted.
“To put an end to the peaceful Satyagraha by Congress MPs and CWC members against the abuse of agencies for political vengeance, they have now enforced 144 even at Raj Ghat, the Samadhi of Gandhi ji. They can’t use force to stifle our voice because this is so abhorrent “the head of Congress declared.
On Thursday, Congress leaders also organized rallies outside of ED offices nationwide. Party leaders and MPs also threatened to be arrested in opposition to Gandhi being questioned by the ED.
On Thursday of last week, Mrs. Gandhi had previously been interrogated for a short period, and Congress leaders had organized a nationwide protest. Party MPs had reportedly threatened to have her arrested in Delhi if she was questioned.
The National Herald newspaper is owned by the Congress-supported Young Indian Private Limited, which is the subject of the ED investigation into potential financial irregularities.