New Delhi: Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar on Saturday rubbished Congress allegations that Centre was indulging in politics of vendetta against its leaders by filing cases and instead claimed that it was during the opposition party's rule that attempts were made to frame Narendra Modi and Amit Shah.
Javadekar said that the Congress "appeared to be in panic" after an interview given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and was making baseless allegations.
"Congress has alleged that the Modi government is working with a feeling of vendetta and lodging false cases against opponents. Modi ji yesterday made it clear that we have not opened any file," Javadekar, who is also a senior BJP leader told reporters here.
He claimed that the National Herald matter was pending in the court and asked "where is the government at fault in this?"
Referring to the probe against Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, Javadekar said that the CBI was looking into the matter. "In the Congress regime, the CBI used to work on its directions but we do not interfere in its functioning," he claimed.
Referring to the matter involving Congress President Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra, Javadekar said that the issue was probed by IAS officer Ashok Khemka, who was then removed.
During Congress regime, attempt was made to suppress the graft cases which came to light like the coal scam, Javadekar said.
In matters like the coal and spectrum scams, the Congress tried to stretch matters rather than act quickly, he alleged.
"The case of Shankar Singh Vaghela is not our work but has been there from earlier times. So Congress should look within that what it did not do to frame Modi ji and Amit Shah.
So many lies, but they were uncovered. So Congress today is in panic," Javadekar said hitting back.
Earlier former Union Minister and Congress leader Anand Sharma had alleged that "Intolerance, confrontation and vendetta is part of Prime Minister's DNA and that of his party and the RSS" as he questioned the CBI raids on the residences of former Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda in a case of alleged irregularities in acquisition of land in Gurgaon.
He also claimed that the economy was doing better with India being the "brightest spot" globally, but Congress was unwilling to acknowledge this.
He said the BJP led government should have brought out a white paper to let people know in what a situation the Congress left the economy.