Having been grilled by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for over 50 hours in five days in a money-laundering case, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said the grand old party has taught him patience and every party leader understands this.
Sharing his experience with the ED with party workers at the AICC headquarters here, the Congress leader said they (ED officials) asked him about his patience, sitting continuously and answering all their questions patiently.
“On the last day, they (ED officials) asked me about the patience with which I gave all the answers (during questioning)…I was like, I’m in Congress since 2004, patience is inculcated in us…every leader of the party understands this…,” Rahul said.
Congress leaders, including MPs and MLAs, had gathered at the party headquarters to show solidarity with Rahul.
He said, “Congress party teaches patience. I am working since 2004, Sachin Pilot is sitting here, Randeep is here, Siddaramaiah ji is here.”
On his questioning by the ED, Rahul said; “they asked me how I can sit for so long. I thought not to tell them the truth. But I said, I do Vipassana, so they started asking about Vipassana.”
“ED and such agencies don’t affect me, even the officers who interrogated me understood that a leader of the Congress party can’t be scared and suppressed,” the Congress leader said.
Hitting out at the Agnipath scheme, the Congress leader said, “They are weakening the Army of the nation and they say they are nationalists. PM Narendra Modi will have to roll back the Agnipath Scheme. The young in India are aware that true patriotism is required to strengthen
the nation. We’ll make sure the scheme is repealed.”
“They (BJP) used to talk about ‘one rank, one pension, but now there’s ‘no rank & no pension’. The young will toil hard and will go back to their homes. Once they retire, they won’t get any employment,” Rahul said.