Mallikarjun Kharge, Piyush Goyal spar in Rajya Sabha over ED summons to Congress leaders | India News,The Indian Express

Mallikarjun Kharge said he was summoned by the ED at a time when Parliament is in session; Piyush Goyal responded by saying Congress leaders should face the law and claimed that the government does not interfere in the functioning of law-enforcement agencies.

Raising the issue of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) summons to Congress leaders in Parliament, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge on Thursday accused the central government of trying to demoralise and intimidate the Opposition.

Pointing out that he has been summoned by the ED at a time when Parliament is in session, Kharge asked if it was fair on the part of the agency to do so.

Speaking during the Question Hour, after an uproar from the Opposition over the alleged misuse of agencies by the government to target leaders, Congress leader Kharge said, “This House is functioning and I am the leader of the opposition parties. But right now, I have received summons from the ED to appear before it when a Parliament session is on. Right now, when Parliament is functioning, is it fair on the part of the ED to summon me?”

Stating that he is a law-abiding member of the society and has to leave for the ED office at 12.30 pm, Kharge said, “I do not want to avoid the law and I want to follow the law.”

He also mentioned that the residences of Congress president Sonia Gandhi and party leader Rahul Gandhi have been gheraoed by the police. “If we carry on like this, will our democracy remain alive? Will we function as per our Constitution? This is being purposely done to demoralise us, destroy us and intimidate us. But we will not be afraid or intimidated and will fight,” he said, demanding that there be a discussion on the issue in the House.

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