Congress leader Netta D’Souza was seen spitting on a group of cops during a protest in Delhi against the interrogation by the Law Enforcement Branch of party leader Rahul Gandhi in the National Herald affair. The video was posted on Twitter by news agency ANI.
Ms. D’Souza is the acting president of the Mahila (women’s) wing of Congress.
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“Shameful and disgusting. After beating cops in Assam, holding their collar on Hyderabad, Mahila Congress Speaker Netta Dsouza spits on cops and female security personnel just because Rahul is being questioned by ED for corruption. Will Sonia, Priyanka and Rahul act on her?” tweeted Shehzad Ponnawalla, spokesperson for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
In the short clip, the Congress leader is seen spitting at security personnel from inside a bus, when Congress workers were arrested by Delhi police.
So far, the Congress party as well as the Delhi Police have not released any statement on the incident.
Ms D’Souza made headlines in April this year when she confronted Union Minister Smriti Irani over price hikes when the two came face to face on the Delhi-Guwahati flight from IndiGo. The minister had refused to be “accosted”.
The Congress leader had even posted a short video of the incident on Twitter which showed her questioning the Minister of Women and Child Development about rising cooking gas and petrol prices.
The latest incident comes days after Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury grabbed a policeman’s collar during a similar protest organized by the Congress party in Hyderabad. Ms Chowdhury was charged with assaulting a cop, but the politician said in her defense that she lost her balance and grabbed the policeman’s collar to steady herself. “I lost my balance. That’s why I clung to that cop,” Ms Chowdhury told NDTV.
The demonstration was organized as part of the Congress party’s “Chalo Raj Bhavan” appeal to protest the interrogation of Rahul Gandhi by the ED. He is being questioned by the agency in connection with a money laundering case related to the National Herald-AJL deal.