NDA cites facts to fend off Cong charges

The NDA government continued to aggressively counter the Congress’s political vendetta charge, with Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu accusing the opposition party of trying to silence judiciary by stalling Parliament over National Herald corruption case.

“This is an attempt to threaten and silence the judiciary. The government has nothing to do with this matter,” Naidu told reporters as the Congress for the second day created furore, leading to adjournment of both Houses.

Objecting to Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s “100 per cent vendetta coming out of the PMO” remark, Naidu wondered if the Gandhi scion was targeting former prime minister Manmohan Singh since the petition was filed during the UPA regime.
Subramanian Swamy, who had not joined the BJP at the time of filing the case in court in 2013, said he does not need anyone’s help to fight the case.

“I never briefed PMO, govt or the BJP about the case,” Swamy told a television channel.
Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Pratap Rudy challenged Rahul Gandhi to place proof in Parliament to support his allegations against the PMO.

“We will ask Rahul Gandhi, if he has courage enough, if he has honesty enough, if he has standing as a leader of his political party, he should come to Parliament and give proof...,” Rudy said.

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