Modi a weapon of massive deception and distraction: Congress Media Chief Jairam Ramesh | India News – Times of India

Congress The party has been on the streets since the time of its top leaders. Sonia Gandhi And Rahul Gandhi were grilled by the Enforcement Directorate (Ed) in the alleged National Herald irregularity case. BJP Let’s call this another example of “familyism”. but talking Kumar Shakti Shekhar In a free-wheeling and exclusive interview, Rajya Sabha MP, Congress General Secretary in charge of Communications Department and former Union Minister JaiRam Ramesh Accusing BJP of misusing ED and being the biggest laundering machine. Edited excerpt:
Question: ED questioned Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for five days and then party president Sonia Gandhi for three days. After this, the Young Indian office at Herald House, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, Delhi was sealed. Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge The ED had also summoned and questioned him for seven hours on August 4, when the monsoon session of Parliament was going on. What do you have to say about the whole episode?
The ED has become an instrument of Mr. Modi’s governance. It is no longer a professional and autonomous institution. It has become an instrument of political vendetta. This is very dangerous for our democracy. A combination of three agencies – ED, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Income Tax (IT) is being used by Mr Modi to settle political scores with his opponents, intimidate state governments and intimidate political leaders. Clearly, with a conviction rate of less than 0.5 per cent, the ED has emerged as an instrument of Modi’s FDI, where FDI means fear, deceit and intimidation. This is the real FDI.
This is done to divert the attention of the people from day to day livelihood issues – prices of essential commodities, vegetables, edible oil, wheat, rising unemployment and unnecessary imposition of GST on essential food items.
To divert people’s attention, Mr. Modi is not only a master of deceit, but he is also a double WMD – a weapon of mass deceit and a weapon of mass distraction.
> How is the Congress planning to counter the ED action against its leaders?
We had a massive nationwide protest on Friday (August 5). We tried to march from 24, Akbar Road (Congress Headquarters) towards the Prime Minister’s residence and we also tried to march from Parliament to Rashtrapati Bhavan, but he was detained and sent to Kingsway Camp police station. We were released after six hours. We had also staged massive protests in different states. These protests were specifically to highlight prices, unemployment, GST (Goods and Services Tax) and Agneepath (short-term recruitment scheme in the armed forces). These are all real issues.
To ensure that public attention is not focused on these issues, Mr. Modi has busted the ED. He destabilized the Maharashtra government. He is currently engaged in Operation Lotus in Jharkhand. He tried Operation Lotus in Rajasthan but failed. They say that this is the nectar period. But from the point of view of the people this is a time of destruction.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi, former President Rahul Gandhi and other party MPs march from Parliament to Rashtrapati Bhavan as part of the party’s nationwide protest over price hike, unemployment and GST hike on essential commodities, in New Delhi on August 5. Incindia

> BJP leaders have said that Congress leaders and workers came on the streets only when the ED summoned Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi. National Herald case, Otherwise, they do not come on the streets to raise the issues of people like price rise and such.
We first came on the streets in January 2015 and we forced Mr. Modi to withdraw the amendment to the Land Acquisition Act. This was due to the opposition of the Congress party in UP, Haryana and other states. This is an example of the massive protest we have. We held protest rallies on price hike on various occasions in different states. This is not the first time that we have staged a massive protest. We’ve done this in the past. We have highlighted the issues which we have not been able to do in Parliament. We have taken it out.
Yes, there was a powerful expression of collective solidarity when Rahul Gandhi and Mrs. Sonia Gandhi were called in for questioning. This is because it was a case of political vendetta. There is neither money nor laundering. Where is the question of money laundering?
Today’s biggest laundering machine is BJP. It’s a giant laundering machine today – the laundromat. Look at all these people who have joined BJP. When they are outside the BJP, they are corrupt and they are threatened. They join BJP’s laundromat and become clean and good administrator. They are rewarded as Chief Ministers and become ministers in the Union Cabinet. This is a double standard.
Q: Why is Congress losing everywhere? For example, it lost 2014 and 2019 Lok Sabha elections and several assembly elections. Congress is shrinking and 2024 is not far away.
Was this question asked to the Bharatiya Jana Sangh when it had been losing elections since 1952? Victory and defeat are part of the political cycle. Yes, we have lost. We have lost at the national level and in some states we have lost. But we also came to power. Our government in Madhya Pradesh became unstable. The Chief Stabilizer is now in the Union Cabinet. Then we were not allowed to form the government in Manipur, where we were the single largest party. We were the single largest party in Goa, but we were not allowed to form the government.
We have lost the election. There are organizational weaknesses and weaknesses. there is no doubt about it. But in 2004, we were out of power for eight years and the people had written off the Congress. But what happened in 2004? Then in 2009? Well, we are not in power since 2014.


Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, Jairam Ramesh, Shashi Tharoor, Pramod Tiwari, Digvijay Singh and others are detained at Kingsway Camp police line during their agitation against price rise, unemployment and GST in Delhi on August 5. Photo: Twitter/ @INCIndia

Q: How hopeful are you with the Congress coming back to power in 2024?
We fight, we fight. There is more to politics than just coming to power alone. We are not an NGO. We are no maths. We are a political party. Political parties exist to contest elections and we fight elections to win. But when we lose it doesn’t mean the end of the world. This fight that we are waging with the BJP is not an election battle. This is an ideological battle.
Now specifically I would say that our fight against (former PM) Shri (Atal Bihari) Vajpayee was an electoral battle. Because Shri Vajpayee embodied the politics of the Nehru era. But since 2014 we are in ideological conflict. All said and done, Mr. Vajpayee and Mr. (LK) Advani were products of the Nehruvian era. Therefore, they were bound to imbibe certain values ​​and principles of that era. But after 2014, the whole battle has changed.
Question: So, do you think that had Mr. Vajpayee been in power, there would have been no talk of ED?
I do not believe that Mr. Vajpayee did politics of vengeance. He asked Mrs. Sonia Gandhi to address the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in a special session on HIV, AIDS on June 23, 2001. He spoke on behalf of the Government of India. Shri Vajpayee was the Prime Minister. Shri Vajpayee was sent to the United Nations in 1993. So, that politics is over. It is a different ball game altogether. We are dealing with people with killer instincts. You know what I mean. I don’t need to elaborate.
Question: PM Narendra Modi Congress accused of being one familialist Celebration. BJP leaders allege that Congress leaders are behaving like slaves of a family. What do you have to say about that?
Coming to ED, threats, inflation and unemployment, 16 opposition parties and two independent MPs signed a joint statement condemning the Supreme Court’s decision on amendments brought in the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) between 2014 and 2018. Huh.
Incidentally. I was the petitioner who went to the Supreme Court in 2019 and asked that if it is a Money Bill, the amendments have come through the Finance Act, and as a member of the Rajya Sabha, I have not been given an opportunity to have a meaningful debate and the Bill Discussion on. The Supreme Court has referred that part of the petition to a larger bench. Now tomorrow if the Supreme Court said that it is not a money bill, which is not, does it mean that all these amendments will be withdrawn?
I don’t want to say anything about why the verdict took the shape it did. There are many speculations about this. But the fact is that 16 opposition parties and two independent Rajya Sabha MPs have condemned its consequences for our democracy and demanded a review of that verdict as it gives unbridled powers to the ED which is dangerous for our democracy. No check, no balance. That is the crux of the issue.
An argument is being made that the Congress party and Mr. P. Chidambaram were responsible for these amendments. No, these amendments have been made which have been upheld by the Supreme Court. PMLA was first passed in 2002 when Mr. Yashwant Sinha was the Finance Minister. It became an act but we had to fulfill international obligations under FATF (Financial Action Task Force) which has blacklisted Pakistan.
In order to meet our obligations under FATF, this was notified when Mr. Chidambaram was the Finance Minister. Therefore, it is unfair to blame Mr. Yashwant Sinha and Mr. Chidambaram. The Supreme Court has quoted chapters and verses from him. It is very unfair and selective. Amendments giving ED strict powers are summarized between 2014 and 2018 through the backdoor of money bills, for which I have filed a petition in the Supreme Court and for which the verdict referred that issue to a larger bench. Is.
Question: Are you filing a review petition?
The implication of the joint statement of the opposition parties is yes, we will file it for review. One of the signatories of the statement is Mr. Kapil Sibal. That should tell you something.