ED examines Cong leader Mallikarjun Kharge in National Herald case

Mallikarjun Kharge | ANI

New Delhi: The ED on Monday examined senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge here in connection with its money laundering probe into the National Herald case, officials said.

The 79-year-old Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha was summoned to appear before the federal agency with regard to the probe, they said.

His statement will be recorded under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) as the agency wants to understand some issues in the investigation, officials said.

He said all opposition parties should unite against the BJP to relieve people of its “oppression” and asserted that the party had approached BSP chief Mayawati to lead the coalition in UP, but never heard back.

Kharge seconded Rahul Gandhi's statement made a day before according to which he had approached Mayawati for a coalition and even made her an offer to be the chief ministerial candidate, but she never responded.

The claim was denied by the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo.

"People are today suffering due to inflation and price rise, there are no jobs and the RSS is capturing all constitutional institutions and in such a situation what will happen to our democracy and who will protect Babasaheb's Constitution.

"In this battle against the BJP all opposition parties should unite see the BJP out to ensure that people can get some relief," Kharge said.

He also said that in Uttar Pradesh, the Congress should unite with BSP and together oust the BJP from the state, to put an end to "atrocities" against people being committed by the BJP in its “arrogance of power”. PTI

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