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National Herald case: Congress holding democracy to ransom, says Arun Jaitley

Without naming anyone, Jaitley said Congress leaders have got stuck in a ‘chakravyu’ created by themselves and are now obstructing Parliament over it.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: December 13, 2015 2:12 am
arun jaitley, jaitley congress, national herald case, jaitley national herald case, rahul national herald case, congress national herald case Rahul Gandhi and Arun Jaitley cross each other. At Sharad Pawar’s 75th birthday felicitation. (Source: Express photo by Tashi Tobgyal)

Slamming Congress for “holding democracy to ransom” over the National Herald case, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Saturday that his government has not taken any step in the case.

“Action has so far not been taken. ED has not issued any notice. Tax authorities have not passed any assessment order,” he said at the Aaj Tak Agenda programme. “The government will wait for the outcome of court proceedings. If there is a tax angle, then taxation authorities will ask questions for which there is a due process,” he said.

Jaitley’s remarks came amid a face-off between the government and Opposition Congress, which could hinder passage of crucial bills in Winter Session. The Congress has been stalling procedures in Rajya Sabha, accusing the government of indulging in political vendetta through the National Herald case. The key tax reform bill, GST, is pending before Rajya Sabha in which the Congress is the largest party.

Without naming anyone, Jaitley said Congress leaders have got stuck in a ‘chakravyu’ created by themselves and are now obstructing Parliament over it.

“Their lawyers are not able to help them…and finding themselves in difficulty, they are holding the democracy of the country to ransom,” he said.

“What is the reason for obstructionism today. That some private complaint is filed, a magistrate issues notice, you move the High Court and High Court grants you a stay. After hearing, the High Court dismisses it. Now you either go to trial court or you challenge it in Supreme Court. The government has not interfered in it,” he said.

Meanwhile, BJP national secretary Shrikant Sharma said Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is proving to be a “lying machine”. “Sonia and Rahul Gandhi have been doing only negative politics for the past 18 months…Rahul Gandhi is proving to be a lying machine. They are trying to defame the PM through chronic lies, showing fake documents in National Herald case and stalling the Parliament,” he said.

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  1. G
    Dec 13, 2015 at 6:06 am
    UPA & NDA time parliament was stalled due to congress's corruption.
    1. H
      Dec 12, 2015 at 9:09 pm
      Look how the Con Party is behaving! They stall the proceedings in Parliament, shouting and rushing to the well of the house. They don't want to agree for any debate on National Herald case, while at the same time calling it as vendetta. Two courts, including a high court, have given a ruling that both Sonia hi and Rahul hi have prima facie committed criminal act. The Con Party is not able to argue this in the court and instead is trying to blackmail the government to stop action against the corrupt.
      1. B
        Dec 13, 2015 at 5:03 am
        Mr Jaitley: what the Congress is doing is wrong. But you set the precedent and even justified it as a legitimate form of protest. Who can we trust? All the parties are the same.
        1. Santano Fernandes
          Dec 13, 2015 at 6:02 am
          Very good answer, I appreciate, yes right now what the Congress doing might be wrong but the same way BJP was holding the parliament to ransom and did not allow to function, MODI and all BJP Government objected on the GST when congress wanted to p the legislation, now the same legislation of the Congress they brought and they want to p it and show that they have done some miracle. These all PARTIES of INDIA are rogue parties and sometimes even our Judiciary supports them. BJP , the Congress , the SP, the BSP, the ADIAMK, the TMC, all these are for themselves and for their relatives and friends and they running on the whims and fancies of their cronies and their leaders and for the benefit of themselves and their henchman who are getting Zplus security and all perks, these parties not for the people of INDIA or for the country even though they are making big noise but these parties are making rich on select few people in INDIA, their friends, their media friends, their industralists, their relatives , their wifes, inlaws etc etc. This country become the country of few people and their relatives. So Jaitely and his BOSS should shut up and introspect
          1. Khemu B Patel
            Dec 14, 2015 at 4:40 am
            if it is political vendatta , why did you go to high court for STAY?????????????
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