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No Political Vendetta In National Herald Case: Arun Jaitley


The BJP unleashed a battery of ministers to reject Congress' attempt to portray its party president Sonia Gandhi's and her son's legal battle in the National Herald case as political vendetta. BJP leaders alleged that Congress was unreasonable in trying to hold Parliament hostage for a routine judicial action where the government had no role.

"This government has not done any illegal action against anyone... In case of Congress leaders, it is not the action of the government but that of the judiciary...court has summoned them and not the government. Give your reply to them," finance minister Arun Jaitley reacted to Congress' disruptions of Parliament on Tuesday adding, "the government is ready for any discussion...There are serious allegations on Congress leaders."

"No political vendetta. A private complaint was lodged . Government has nothing to do with it. The high court has dismissed their case and asked them to go and face trial. Nobody in this country has immunity from law. They can challenge the orders in a higher court or face proceedings," Jaitley said. While appealing the Congress to allow the Parliament to function, parliamentary affairs minister Venkaiah Naidu deplored Tuesday's disruptions, terming them as an attempt to pitch judiciary against the legislature.

"It is very puzzling that Congress party that has so much of experience in governance both at the Centre and in states stooped so low to disrupt Parliament. For something that happened in a court out of a routine judicial process, stalling Parliament is perhaps the first time in the country... by stalling Parliament, if Congress party is trying to get relief in the said case, it is highly improper and unprecedented. This pitching of legislature vs judiciary is grossly improper," Naidu said appealing to Congress "to realise mistake and allow Parliament resume its work from tomorrow (Wednesday) on."

Asserting that government had no role in the case, telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad responded to Sonia Gandhi's remark that she was Indira Gandhi's daughter-in-law by saying the law equally applied to everybody. "The BJP would like to clarify that we are not in the picture at all. It is entirely a court process.

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