National Herald case: 100% vendetta coming out of PMO, says Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi rejected the charge that Congress was using Parliament to threaten judiciary.

Written by Manoj C G , Pradeep Kaushal | New Delhi | Published:December 10, 2015 1:35 am
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Summoned in the National Herald case along with his mother, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi targeted the Prime Minister’s Office directly Wednesday as his party continued to accuse the government of political vendetta.

“One hundred per cent political vendetta. Pure political vendetta coming out of PMO. It is their way of doing politics. Pure 100 per cent vendetta,” Rahul said outside Parliament. “I have full faith in judiciary. We will see at the end what comes out. Truth will come out.”

For the government, the response came from Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu, who asked if Rahul, with his allegation of “vendetta coming out of PMO”, had meant the office of former prime minister Manmohan Singh because the case was filed during that regime.

At a press conference, Naidu said the Congress practice of “mobocracy” posed a “danger to democracy by making Parliament dysfunctional”. “How is Parliament involved if some people have been summoned by a court?,” Naidu said. “You want to silence the judiciary. You want to intimidate the judiciary. You are telling the judiciary, how dare you summon us.”

To this charge, Rahul replied, “It is the other way round. Who is threatening judiciary, we all know.”

Naidu said Subramanian Swamy was not in the BJP when he filed the case, in which the government had not filed any affidavit nor had any government advocate appeared. He suggested to the Gandhis that they engage “some good lawyers who can effectively argue in the court”, and not the kind who had talked of a zero loss in the 2-G case (Kapil Sibal) and been proved wrong later.

The Congress, he said, was settling scores with people by paralysing Parliament and blocking legislation because they had voted it out in the elections. “The Congress thinks it is hurting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but it is hurting India.”

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    Abhinav Gour
    Dec 9, 2015 at 10:47 am
    Rahul hi seems to be extremely nervous, almost in a panicky mode. Is he trying to say that sessions judge and HC judge take their orders from PMO? If he thinks that people will buy this argument then he is living in a fool's paradise. If he and his mummy have done nothing wrong then why are they afraid of facing the trial? The fact that a battery of eminent lawyers led by Abhishek Manu Singhvi is defending them and the Congress is raising such a hue and cry over the issue suggests that they have done something fishy. Let the rule of law prevail and allow the Parliament to function.
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      prakash gotimukul
      Dec 9, 2015 at 2:00 pm
      Pappu family indulges in corruption of unparallel proportions and they want people of india should not take any steps to investigate and punish the guilty. This is the way they have been fooling around for last 60 years and continue to do. We need a special court for trying this family which is worse than a dictator. Consution, laws, courts, witnessess, evidence everything do not matter to the family. What matters is that they subvert democracy and harp on false hood repeatedly in the hope that the lie becomes truth..........its foolish on their part that no lessons have been learnt and also do not understand that india has changed.......the place for all criminals is in tihar and sonia, pappu are no exception...........go to court and fight the case. If your lawyers are pappus, then change them.
      1. H
        Dec 9, 2015 at 12:42 pm
        If it is political vendetta than does it make sense for BJP to tell judiciary to give verdict before GST Bill approved in congress?
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          Archana Das
          Dec 9, 2015 at 7:19 pm
          Rbaba for you it is vendetta or whatever, to me common citizen, it is daylight are a great robber.
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          Kanu Patel
          Dec 9, 2015 at 4:09 pm
          As you sow,so shall you reap. Deeds always speak ,now or later. You can not make a fort to keep you as VIP for ever and stick to power center of the party .
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            Kanu Patel
            Dec 9, 2015 at 4:00 pm
            When a political person is caught on legal ground , he always cried for political vendetta. This is an old game. No body will hear you seriously . Please go to the court and defend yourself, not in the parliament.
          2. N
            Dec 9, 2015 at 9:49 am
            100 percent corruption coming out of Pappu!
            1. S
              Dec 10, 2015 at 12:15 am
              Let him be a brahmin or muslim or christian we dont worry we want his work to be continued and we swamy since he is working boldly on long run ruining dynasty of italian queen sonia
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