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Not afraid of such tactics, will not bow down: Congress on ED summons to Sonia, Rahul

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New Delhi: The Congress on Wednesday said it is not afraid of any summons by the Enforcement Directorate in the National Herald case and will not be cowed down by any such “vendetta” by the BJP government.

Congress leaders Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Randeep Surjewala said party president Sonia Gandhi has been summoned by the ED for questioning in a money laundering case linked to the National Herald newspaper on June 8, and she was determined to appear before the agency as she has nothing to hide.

They said former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi has also been summoned, and that he has written to the probe agency to postpone the date to after June 5 as he is not in the country.

“The Modi government should know that by registering such fake and fabricated cases, they cannot succeed in their cowardly conspiracy,” Singhvi told reporters.

Neither will the EC be able to stop the National Herald, the voice of the freedom movement, nor will it be able to scare Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, he said.

“The Congress leadership is fearless and ready to present itself before the probe agency. We will not be afraid of such tactics, we will not bow down, but we will fight hard legally, socially and politically,” Singhvi added.

Surjewala said under the leadership of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, the entire party and its workers would stand shoulder to shoulder with them, and “we will fight and win this attack on the country’s democracy”.

The two Congress leaders said the main mantra of the newspaper which became the “voice of the freedom movement” was: “Freedom is in danger, protect it with all your might.”

“Today again, the ideology supporting the British rule is conspiring to suppress the ‘voice of the freedom movement’. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is at the head of this conspiracy, and his ‘favourite and pet weapon’ to implement it is the ED,” Surjewala claimed

He said the summons have been issued to mislead the country as the Modi government specialises in the politics of diverting issues and has been blinded by the feeling of revenge.

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