NEW DELHI, Dec 9 - Congress today stepped up protests disrupting proceedings for the second day as Rahul Gandhi accused the PMO of adopting �100 per cent pure political vendetta� in the National Herald case, but the Government hit back saying Parliament was being used to threaten judiciary.
In the Rajya Sabha, Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad alleged that a Director of Enforcement Directorate, who had �rightly� decided to close the Herald case, was transferred and a new chief appointed to �reopen� the case.
While the Upper House was adjourned for the second day without transaction of any business due to slogan shouting by Congress members, the Lok Sabha saw one adjournment and a short discussion on the issue that saw trading of charges between the two sides.
However, the Lower House functioned, notwithstanding the continuous shouting of slogans by Congress members before it was also forced to be adjourned for the day about an hour before schedule.
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, who is an accused in the Herald case along with his mother Sonia Gandhi and four others, upped the ante telling reporters the case is �One hundred per cent political vendetta. Pure political vendetta coming out of PMO. It is their way of doing politics. Pure 100 per cent vendetta�. �I have full faith in judiciary. We will see at the end what comes out. Truth will come out,� he said.
Asked about Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu�s charge that Congress was using Parliament to threaten judiciary by disruptions, he said, �It is the other way round. Who is threatening judiciary, we all know.�
Naidu, who also addressed a press conference, accused the Congress of using Parliament to �intimidate and silence� the judiciary after the Gandhis were not given relief by court in the Herald case. He alleged that the party was practising �mobocracy� which was posing a �danger to democracy� by making Parliament �dysfunctional�. � PTI