Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Saturday said the Narendra Modi government was targeting political opponents through unfair means while vice-president Rahul Gandhi asserted the Opposition would not bend.
Addressing the media along with the Gandhis after their appearance in court for the National Herald case, former prime minister Manmohan Singh said the Congress stood united behind its leadership and would put up a determined fight.
“I appeared before the court like any law-abiding citizen. The truth will come out,” Sonia Gandhi said. “The current government is targeting its opponents and we will continue to fight... Ye log hamein kabhi apne raaste se hata nahi paayenge, kendra sarkar jaan boojh kar hume nishana bana rahi hai (these people will never be able to deter us from our path, the central government is targeting us on purpose),” she said.
Rahul Gandhi, who also appeared before the judge, backed the party president’s assertion. “Modi-ji makes false allegations and he thinks the Opposition will bend. I will not bend, Congress won’t bend,” he said. “We will keep fighting for the poor and as an Opposition party, not move back an inch.”
Former prime minister Manmohan Singh stood in solidarity with the Gandhis, saying the party “will give a determined fight because we stand for certain ideals”.
BJP leader Subramanian Swamy rejected allegations that he had filed the case against the Gandhis in connivance with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “I have never spoken to the PM on this matter,” he said.
Swamy, however, was not above heckling the Gandhis on the matter. “When the Gandhis came, they were made to stand in a corner where the accused are supposed to be... they were not allowed to sit,” he said with obvious glee.
Expressing confidence that he would win the case, the BJP leader said, “This is an open and shut case. I will win this case in 2016. Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and others will be sent to prison.”
The case filed by Swamy alleges financial wrong-doing on the part of Sonia Gandhi, Rahul and others in relation to Associated Journals Ltd, owner of the erstwhile National Herald newspaper.