There is a dirty tricks department in govt, PMO is coordinating these things: Anand Sharma

Interview with Congress Rajya Sabha MP Anand Sharma.

Written by Manoj C G | Published: December 9, 2015 2:54:31 am
sonia gandhi, rahul gandhi, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, sonia national herald case, anand sharma, swamy national herald case, national herald case, india news, rajya sabha news Anand Sharma (centre) with Ghulam abi Azad and the CPI’s D Raja. (Source: Praveen Jain)

Why did you block Parliament? Isn’t the National Herald case a legal battle?

We have not stalled it on that. The question is of the functioning of this government and targeting of the Opposition parties… They are protecting their guilty and targeting the opposition leaders. Three of their chief ministers and a Union minister stood in the dock in the last session. Not even one FIR was registered. And for a section 25 not-for-profit company, a charitable trust where there is not even a single paisa pecuniary advantage, benefit or remuneration, you target the leader of the principal Opposition party.

But the case was filed by Subramanian Swamy, an individual initiative.

But we also see who has registered the case. Here the agencies of the state were over enthusiastic to register a case without investigating… There is definitely a dirty tricks department of the government and the BJP, and the Prime Minister’s Office has been coordinating these things. It is our charge.

The Congress said the government is targeting many opposition parties. The government said during the UPA regime, agencies had been used to threaten the SP and the BSP. So are other opposition parties with you in this case?

Well, there has been targeting and it is very selective… But it is not a question of us alone. It is a question of mindset which is not only confrontationist, but which is conspiratorial vis a vis the Opposition.

This face-off has come days after the prime minister’s tea diplomacy. How this will affect the Congress-government ties?

Where has the PM reached out to the Opposition? Engaging with the Opposition cannot be restricted to passage and non-passage of the GST… He (PM) does not tell us what he discusses with Nawaz Sharif.

So what is the fate of GST?

On GST, we have many loose ends. It is a work still in progress. We are not linking this to GST. That is a separate issue. Why should such legislation be rushed through? That is the question.

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