CHENNAI, Dec 12 - Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu today ridiculed the Congress for dragging the Prime Minister�s Office in the National Herald issue and accused the party of fighting a legal battle in Parliament.
He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the Gujarat Chief Minister had faced the charges against him and even �grilling by SIT� in a dignified manner and the BJP had not disrupted Parliament then.
Dismissing the Congress� claims of political vendetta, he told reporters here that when Subramanian Swamy filed the case in 2012, he was not a member of the BJP and the UPA was in power and Manmohan Singh was the Prime Minister.
As the Congress party was now claiming that the Prime Minister�s Office was behind it, he said, �Does it (Congress) mean to say that Dr Manmohan Singh had organised all this? The Government is nowhere in the picture, let me make it very clear but Congress party is trying to fight a legal battle in Parliament instead of fighting it in court.�
�The Enforcement Directorate has not issued any notice to them, Income Tax authorities will only follow their own procedure and the Government has not passed any order whatsoever and has no role in this entire episode of National Herald,� he said.
On December 9, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi had said the National Herald case is �hundred per cent political vendetta coming out of PMO.� � PTI