Rahul Gandhi repeats political vendetta charge against PMO

Guwahati, Dec 11 (IANS) Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Friday reiterated that the central government was having a political vendetta against the Congress party and that it was coming out of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

Referring to the Delhi High Court dismissing the plea of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi to quash the summons issued to them in the National Herald case, he told media persons here that: “Matter driven by Prime Minister’s Office. It is a legal issue and we will handle it legally.”

On being asked if he would apply for bail in the case, Rahul Gandhi said: “Let’s see what happens on 19th (of December).”

On the Congress’s prospects in next year’s Assam assembly polls, the Congress leader said: “I am confident that the Congress party will win elections in Assam, like we did in Bihar.”

Rahul Gandhi, along with his mother Sonia Gandhi and five others, will appear in the trial court in New Delhi on December 19 in connection with BJP leader Subramanian Swamy’s complaint in the National Herald case.

As the Delhi High Court on Monday dismissed the plea of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi to quash the summons issued to them regarding their personal appearance by a trial court on Swamy’s complaint in the National Herald case, Rahul Gandhi targeted the PMO on Wednesday, saying it was “one hundred percent political vendetta”.

The trial court, giving relief to the Gandhis from personal appearance on Tuesday, asked them to appear before it on December 19.

On June 26 last year, the trial court issued summons to the Congress leaders on Swamy’s complaint about “cheating” in the acquisition of Associated Journals Ltd. (AJL), which ran the National Herald, by Young India Ltd. (YIL) — “a firm in which Sonia and Rahul Gandhi each own a 38 percent stake”.

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