Congress should meet BJP head on

The enforcement directorate (ED) questioned Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for two days in the National Herald money laundering case. The ED’s probe pertains to alleged financial irregularities in the Congress-promoted Young Indian Private Limited, which owns the National Herald newspaper. The newspaper is published by the Associated Journals Limited (AJL) and owned by Young Indian Private Limited. The decision of the ED to question Gandhi saw an unprecedented response from the grand old party. There has been a huge protest by Congress on the streets of Delhi for the last two days. Many top leaders, including Chief Ministers of Rajasthan Ashok Gehlot and Chhattisgarh Bhupesh Baghel, have hit the streets, joining other Congress leaders and workers.

The Congress has been accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah of using the central agencies to silence the opposition. The party has said that the allegations against its leaders are “fake and baseless” and accused the BJP of “vendetta politics.” The enthusiasm exhibited by the Congress leaders in the last two days, right from the old guard to the new generation, has been quite remarkable. If they exhibit a similar kind of energy to launch protests against the wrong policies of the BJP government on a regular basis, perhaps they will be appreciated more. There are so many issues concerning the people of India, including unemployment, price rise, and growing communal tension. But the Congress has failed to consistently raise these issues at the national level. The party leaders seem more concerned for the wellbeing of the Gandhis. It is time they exhibited similar concern and regularly hit the streets to protest against the wrong policies of the ruling BJP hurting the people of the country.