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Congress changes its move in National Herald case, Sonia Gandhi, Rahul will appear before lower court, say sources

As a part of the takeover strategy, Rahul has been the main face which Congress has been pitting against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the last three years.(File photo/PTI)

As a part of the takeover strategy, Rahul has been the main face which Congress has been pitting against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the last three years.(File photo/PTI)

The tactical shift indicated that Congress wants to take the bull by its horns than letting its opponents set the agenda for it.

New Delhi: The Congress seems to have changed its legal tactic and adopted a combative strategy in the National Herald case. Sources have revealed that Congress brass has decided that both Congress President Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul will appear before the lower court.

The reverse stand came in less than 24 hours after it approached the Supreme Court to get a stay on personal appearance. The tactical shift indicated that Congress wants to take the bull by its horns than letting its opponents set the agenda for it.

Meanwhile, the case continues to rock Parliament. In Rajya Sabha, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad accused the government of manipulating the Herald case. In the Lower House, there was a war of words between Congress's Mallikarjun Kharge and Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu. While Kharge alleged that government is indulging in vendetta politics, Naidu accused the Congress of threatening judiciary through Parliament.

The scene was no different outside Parliament as Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi accused the Prime Minister's office of political vendetta and claimed that the Centre was threatening the judiciary.

"100 per cent political vendetta is coming out of PMO. I have full faith in the judiciary. Truth will come out in the end. Who is threatening judiciary, we all know," said Rahul.



Both Congress President Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul along with five others have been ordered by the Patiala House Court to appear before it on December 19 in the National Herald case.

Sonia held a strategy session on Wednesday evening with party leaders, including senior lawyers. P Chidambaram and Kapil Sibal were among the legal experts of the party at the meeting which was also attended by some of the Congress general secretaries.

Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad, and leader of the party in Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge, along with chief Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala, too, attended the meeting, party sources said.