Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi once again charged the incumbent BJP-led NDA government and especially the Prime Minister Office of resorting to politics of “vendetta” while responding to the National Hearld case where he along with his mother Sonia Gandhi and other office bearers of the Congress party are facing court proceedings. Just a day ago, Rahul had confronted the Central government over the issue saying he will not back down and will continue asking questions from the government.
“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 Gandhi told the press pack outside the Parliament.
Both the houses once again witnessed a storm over the issue with Congress MPs staging protest and stalling proceedings, largely in the Upper House. The Congress party vice president, however, asserted that he has full faith in the judiciary.
“I have full faith in judiciary. We will see at the end what comes out. Truth will come out,” he said.
But the big allegation came when the press sought Gandhi’s answer on the charge that Congress party was using the Parliament floor to “threaten” the judiciary. Earlier, Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu had charged that the Congress was using Parliament to threaten judiciary by disrupting both the houses.
“It is the other way round….” he said, firmly adding “Who is threatening judiciary. We all know.”
But soon after, hitting back at Rahul Gandhi, government sought him to give proof on his allegations against the BJP-led government and the PMO on National Herald issue.
“He (Rahul) is instrumental in disrupting the House. Court has taken some cognisance against him and Sonia Gandhi. They are trying to become a hero after the charges against them and at the same time they do not have enough courage to come inside the House and say what they are speaking outside to the media,” Union minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy said.
“The proof of the statement he has made against the government and the PMO… he should come and give an explanation in the House and the proof of what he is talking,” Rudy added.
Another senior Union minister Nitin Gadkari asked the Congress party to resolve the matter in court as Government and Parliament have nothing to do with it.
“The House or government has nothing got to do with this either directly or indirectly. It’s a court decision. Wasting Parliament’s time is not good for democracy,” Gadkari told the press outside Parliament.
Earlier on Tuesday, while meeting the flood-affected people in Tamil Nadu, Rahul Gandhi had alleged “political vendetta” by the ruling BJP into the National Herald case.
“Well I absolutely see a political vendetta. This is the way the Central government functions, the way they think,” Rahul Gandhi had told the press in Cuddalore adding, “I am going to keep asking exactly the same questions I have been asking. I am going to put pressure on the government and I will continue to do my job”.
(With inputs from the PTI)