After praising Nehru, IAS officer under fire for Facebook post against PM Modi

Days after IAS officer Ajay Singh Gangwar was transferred for praising Jawaharlal Nehru on Facebook, he has been asked by the Madhya Pradesh government to explain another post calling for a people’s revolution against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

File image of Narendra Modi. AP

File image of PM Narendra Modi. AP

One of his posts dated 23 January, 2015 referred to an opinion piece, critical of Modi’s 'Make in India' campaign that was published on the editorial page of Jansatta, according to The Indian Express. The notice sought his reply within a week.

Gangwar, however, claimed that the post is not on his timeline and he may have ‘liked’ an article shared on Facebook. “They are doing this because their action of transferring me for my comments on Nehru boomeranged on them. They are doing this to divert attention,” said Gangwar.

He accused the government of gherabandi while stating that a Facebook ‘share’ or ‘like’ is similar to handing over a book to someone in the library.

He further called it an ideological battle saying, “Whatever policy they make about freedom of speech and expression has to conform to the Constitution. Otherwise, it will be challenged in a court of law,” The Indian Express quoted him as saying.

Last week, Gangwar was transferred by the Madhya Pradesh government as deputy secretary in the Secretariat in Bhopal. He praised Nehru for preventing India from becoming a 'Hindu Taliban Rashtra' in 1947 in his Facebook post. He further asked if Nehru was at fault for honouring Sarabhai and Homi Jehangir instead of Asaram and Ramdev.

His transfer came to notice on 27 May, the death anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru. Congress was quick to denounce the government for its action against Gangwar.

Firstpost wrote about BJP’s hypocritical stand of transferring Gangwar while its own leaders keep showering praises on Nehru.

Updated Date: May 31, 2016 12:15 PM

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