This was the first time that the Gandhis appeared before a court in pursuance of the summons issued to them on December 8. While Congress workers had lined up all day at the party’s headquarters at Delhi’s Akbar Road to signal a show of strength and virtually its entire top brass was in court to project unity, Congress was also careful to distinguish between the legal battle in court and its political battle with the government.
Now that faux bravado has given way to commonsense, and the Gandhis have got themselves bail in the National Herald case, it can be hoped that some order will be allowed to return to Parliament in the couple of days that still remain before the end of the winter session.
Reacting to Sonia and Rahul’s barb against Prime Minister Narendra Modi accusing him of levelling “false allegations” against them, Javadekar said, “NDA government has nothing to do with the National Herald case”.
But going to jail in what is essentially a property case, and by no stretch of imagination and political case, would have further exposed the marginalization of the Gandhis in the polity with no Opposition party willing to stand by them in the Herald case.
“They are attacking a Prime Minister who is taking all measures to fight corruption”.
Following the celebration of the Congress Party over the bail granted to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, party vice-president Rahul Gandhi and other accused in the National Herald case, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday termed it as a “celebration of corruption”, adding that they have received bail and not Bharat Ratna. Congress has politicised something that basically Modi has nothing to do.
Sonia said the government is misusing its agencies, “but none of us will be frightened as our struggle will continue”.
Congress strategists have also prepared talking points for their spokespersons and workers so that they can explain that the case filed by BJP leader Subramaniam Swamy is essentially weak, and will not withstand the scrutiny of law. They were also directed to appear before the trial court. “It was established now the way he was given the Z category security and a government bungalow as perks”, Rajya Sabha Opposition leader Ghulam Nabi Azad told reporters. The only Congress leaders summoned along with Gandhis are treasurer Motilal Vora and general secretary Oscar Fernandes.
“Congress party is united in support of what Sonia ji and Rahul ji have mentioned just now”.
Surjewala said the Congress leadership does not want the court process to be interfered with or influenced in any manner and so the party has asked workers not to come to the court. “Unfortunately, Congress and corruption are made for each other”, said parliamentary affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.
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