BJP disowns Subramanian Swamy case, but sees merit in it

BJP leaders have ruled out any chance of Congress being able to use the showdown a launchpad to its resurgence, especially in the wake of Sonia’s invocation of late prime minister Indira Gandhi.

Written by Liz Mathew | New Delhi | Updated: December 9, 2015 3:12 pm
Subramanian Swamy, Subramanian Swamy news, national herald case, delhi news, parliament winter session, lok sabha news, bjp swamy BJP leader Subramanian Swamy arrives at Patiala house court in New Delhi on Tuesday. (Source: PTI)

The ruling BJP trod a fine line Tuesday, distancing itself from party leader Subramanian Swamy who has filed the National Herald case against the Congress leadership but at the same time noting that there seemed to “prima facie a criminal breach of trust”.

“There is no political vendetta in the National Herald case. A private complaint has been filed and the government does not come into the picture,” Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said.

Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told a press conference in Parliament House: “Everything is before the court, the government has no role… The BJP would like to clarify we are not in the picture.” He added the Congress’ response did not address the allegation against its leadership, which according to him was “prima facie a criminal breach of trust”.

Prasad alleged the Congress has used the courts summons to Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and others to “settle a score” with the government. When journalists reminded him Swamy is a BJP leader, Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said there were 10 crore members in the BJP and Swamy had filed the case before the NDA came to power.

BJP leaders also attacked Sonia Gandhi for asking the media to decide who the culprit was. BJP leaders said it is for the courts to decide who is wrong; “the media is a messenger”. Terming Sonia’s remark “awfully wrong”, Union minister Nirmala Sitharaman said: “Particularly on a matter where money collected by a political party is used for a commercial purpose, as it is prima facie of some penal codes violated, that is what the court has to go into and prove as per the evidence before them.”

BJP leaders have ruled out any chance of Congress being able to use the showdown a launchpad to its resurgence, especially in the wake of Sonia’s invocation of late prime minister Indira Gandhi. “First of all, I don’t trust the Congress party being nostalgic about its past. The India of 2015 is different from the India of 1977 and Sonia Gandhi is not Indira Gandhi,” said Ravi Shankar Prasad.

A combative Sonia Gandhi had said: “I am the daughter-in-law of Indira Gandhi. I am not scared of anyone.” Sonia was referring to the late prime minister’s arrest in 1977.

Union minister Jitendra Singh attacked Rahul for terming the case “political vendetta” and alleged it amounted to contempt of court because it questioned the independence and capability of the judiciary to take decisions. “The judiciary should take cognisance of it. This is questioning the credibility and independence of the judiciary. People are thinking this is what they have been doing all this while, as the Congress feels the judiciary can be used. This is their subconscious mind speaking,” Singh said.

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    Nitish_Lallu_Rabri_Mullayam
    Dec 9, 2015 at 7:17 am
    Sonia should immediately resgin from Congress and leave for itally. Congress presidnecy should now be ped to Lallu ji so that congress gets 0 seats in next elections!
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      TIHAEwale
      Dec 9, 2015 at 5:04 am
      See who is speaking . Lal Krishna Advani presided over demolition of Babri Masjid but repeatedly shied away from attending court. Yes visiting court is a dishonour. It is often seen Judges force even complainants to sign bail bond as if the complainant is the culprit. So even without going into the merits of the case Sonia, Rahul and others will be forced to sign bail bond. Just imagine if Judge finds there is indeed no corruption in the case benefiting Sonia and others then only Dr. Subramanian Swamy gets his five minutes to fame but neither the Judge or Swamy suffer any loss and Sonia and others don't gain. Now a Sonia having realised that she has not indulged in any corrupt act in this case she only hopes to gain a future political gain of course this very much like Swamy and Judge who while ping order for her appearance would like to believe on a future date Sonia and Rahul will divest the National Heraldet to Rober Vadra
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        Diplomat
        Dec 9, 2015 at 11:16 am
        Sonia and Rahul hi along with others in this case should face court of law. Law will take care if there is a real case and any wrong doing is done. At the same time, BJP should stay away from commenting on this case. Even if Congress makes noise against PMO & BJP in general, BJP must keep its spokespersons silent. They start making comments and increase the noise. If they make mistake in making a counter, Congress will get additional handle.
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          True Sanatini
          Dec 9, 2015 at 9:16 am
          How SS gets quick action from courts when millions of cases are languishing from the lowest to highest courts. Where from S.Swamy gets resources to do all these litigations. Please verify if any community net work exists to ensure that certain individuals and insutions are specially targeted in furtherance of regressive ideologies. Anyway if Congress the B team of Manuwaadis declines fast, Communists will get the political support from Dalits, Tribals and OBCs and then true ideological confrontation will ensure these 16-17% crooks in control of insutions, culture, eating without hard work will have a match.
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            True Sanatini
            Dec 9, 2015 at 8:59 am
            The Law should take its course as it has taken in Babri masjid demolition case.
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