22 Nov 2023

ED seizure of National Herald assets: BJP said this in rersponse to Congress allegations

New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday targeted the Congress for condemning the seizure of National Herald newspaper and related companies' assets by ED, saying that the 'Gandhi family' will have to pay the price for its 'sins.' 

How action against looting of public property could be termed an assault on democracy

Addressing a press conference held at the BJP headquarters here, former Union Minister and BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad accused the Gandhi family of taking control of the assets of National Herald. While the publication has an online version available, Prasad questioned how action against dishonesty and looting of public property could be termed as an assault on democracy.

Cong dismissed ED action as a vindictive tactic

Earlier, after the Enforcement Directorate (ED) seized the assets related to the National Herald on Tuesday, the Congress dismissed the move as a "vindictive tactic" and accused the central investigative agency of being a "collaborator" with the BJP.  The Congress reaction came in response to the ED's announcement that it had seized assets, including immovable property and shares worth around INR 752 crore, connected to the National Herald newspaper and affiliated companies.

The BJP rejected Congress's assertion that the ED's action was a consequence of the BJP's frustration due to possibility of losses in the current round of assembly elections. Prasad refuted this claim, stating that it is the Congress that will suffer a severe defeat in these elections. He highlighted that the investigation into the National Herald case commenced in 2014, before the Modi government took office, based on a private complaint. Prasad alleged that Sonia and Rahul Gandhi face charges of fraud and deception and are currently out on bail.

Accountability for the Gandhi family

Prasad emphasized, "You can't keep looting without facing consequences. The family must be held accountable for its sins, corruption, and abuse of power." He noted that investigative agencies had also questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi in cases related to the 2002 Gujarat riots when he was Chief Minister, but there were no protests from BJP workers, stating that he emerged untarnished.

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