Congress vs BJP: Who said what on the National Herald issue

  • HT Correspondent, New Delhi
  • Updated: Dec 19, 2015 16:19 IST
Congress workers stage protest against the central government regarding National Herald Case at Teen Murti in New Delhi. The Delhi high court granted bail to Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her son, Rahul, on Saturday. (PTI)

The Delhi high court has granted bail to Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi for quashing in the National Herald case on Saturday.

The case has drawn comments from across party lines with both the Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) vociferously defending their positions.

While Congress MPs have paralysed both Houses with noisy protests, alleging politics of vengeance by the BJP-led government, the BJP has slammed the charges, saying the violations have been highlighted by the court and not the ruling party.

Here is who said what after the court asked the top Congress leaders to appear before it:

I am not scared of anyone: Sonia Gandhi

The tone for the party’s aggression inside and outside Parliament was set by the Congress president as she invoked her mother-in-law and former prime minister, the late Indira Gandhi, to underscore that she is not afraid.

“I am the daughter-in-law of Indira Gandhi. I am not scared of anyone. I am not disturbed,” she said.

When asked if she smelled a political vendetta in the case and that she was being targeted by the BJP, she replied saying, “I leave it to you to judge.”

100% political vendetta coming out of PMO: Rahul Gandhi

Congress Party vice president Rahul Gandhi sits in his car as he leaves Parliament House. (AFP)

The Congress vice-president alleged a “political vendetta” by the ruling BJP into the case, and insisted that he will not be cowed down and will continue asking questions to put pressure on NDA at Centre.

“One hundred percent political vendetta. This is pure political vendetta coming out of the PMO. It is their way of doing politics,” Rahul said outside the Parliament House, a day after he accused the government of playing vendetta politics and trying to silence his criticism of its policies.

“I have full faith in judiciary. We will see at the end what comes out. Truth will come out.”

Jaitley intimidating Congress leaders: Mallikarjun Kharge

Leader of the Congress Party in Lok Sabha has charged Jaitley of intimidating the Congress leaders by indicating that it was the turn of the enforcement directorate to look into the tax issues on the National Herald issue.

“We are not unduly perturbed by such veiled threats …we will face all this and come out unscathed,” Kharge said.

BJP ‘motivated’ in reopening of National Herald case: Chidambaram

The former finance minister said the Congress has strong reasons to suspect the enforcement directorate acted on political vendetta as it reopened a closed case.

“The enforcement directorate had looked into the National Herald matter and said earlier there was no case. They had closed the matter. A private complainant then wrote a letter to the Prime Minister. On that letter, the Enforcement Director was transferred and the case is reopened. These facts rise to the suspicion that the BJP is not indifferent or neutral to this case but it is motivated,” Chidambaram told HT.

Youth Congress President Amrinder Singh Raja being detained by police during protest against the central government regarding National Herald Case at Teen Murti. (PTI)

No one is above the law: Arun Jaitley

The finance minister in a Facebook post titled ‘Why The Congress is Wrong’ termed the Congress’ charge of political vendetta as “Goebbelsian propaganda”.

“By a series of financial transactions, the leaders of the Congress Party created ‘Chakravyuh’ for themselves. They have to find their own exit route out of the ‘Chakravyuh’,” Jaitley said.

“The answer to the Congress Party’s leadership landing up in a ‘Chakravyuh’ is to fight their battle legally and not disrupt Parliament. By disrupting democracy the financial web created by the Congress leaders cannot be undone,” he said.

Rahul must give proof on political vendetta allegation: Rudy

Union minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy said the Congress leader “did not have enough courage” to speak in Parliament on the issue.

“He is instrumental in disrupting the House. Court has taken some cognisance against him and Sonia Gandhi. They are trying to become a hero… We should ask Rahul Gandhi, if he has courage, if he has honesty, if he has standing as a leader of his political party, he should come to Parliament and give proof of the statement he has made against the judiciary.”

Govt, Parliament have nothing to do with it: Gadkari

Union minister Gadkari asked the Congress to resolve the matter in court, saying neither Parliament nor the government has any right to change the court’s decision.

“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,” he told reporters outside Parliament.

Impose AFSPA for orderly court proceeding: Subramanian Swamy

Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramaniam Swamy interacts with members of the media at Parliament House (AFP)

The senior BJP leader has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to impose Afspa in New Delhi in connection with National Herald case proceedings on Saturday said he us sure the top Congress leaders will go to jail

“Today I am going to ask the PM to declare New Delhi district as disturbed and impose AFSPA for an orderly court proceeding in Patiala House,” Swamy wrote on Twitter.

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