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Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is welcomed upon his arrival at GMCH Auditorium in Guwahati on Friday. (PTI)

Herald matter driven by PM’s office, will handle it legally: Rahul

WT24 Desk

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said on Friday the National Herald matter was being “driven by the Prime Minister’s office” and would be handled legally, agencies report.  .

 In a court case, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has accused Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul of fraud, cheating, misappropriation and criminal breach of trust in acquiring the assets of a company that had published the National Herald, a newspaper founded by Jawaharlal Nehru.

“It’s a non-profit company and it’s very clear. Let’s see what happens on the 19th,” Gandhi said. A Delhi court recently asked Sonia and Rahul to appear before it on December 19 in the case. The continuing confrontation between the Congress and the government has seen the main Opposition party forcing repeated adjournments in Parliament.

Finance minister Arun Jaitley has said the “answer to the Congress leadership landing up in a ‘chakravyuh’ (in the National Herald case) is to fight their battle legally and not disrupt parliament”, while Congress leader Ashwani Kumar told the media that the government was indulging in a “politics of intimidation” and “assault on liberal values”.

With the passage of crucial Goods and Services Tax bill looking increasingly uncertain amid the standoff, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said there were several measures for the poor, other than the crucial GST bill, pending in parliament. “People only talk about the GST and parliament, but there are several other measures also for the poor that are pending in parliament,” Modi said.

The protests in the two houses began after the Delhi high court on Monday dismissed the plea of Sonia and Rahul to quash the summons issued to them regarding their personal appearance by a trial court in the National Herald case.

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