Days after transfer for praising Nehru, IAS officer asked to explain ‘anti-Modi’ post on Facebook

Gangwar claimed the post in question is not on his timeline and that he may have ‘liked’ an article shared on Facebook but never made that comment.

Written by Milind Ghatwai | Bhopal | Updated: May 31, 2016 10:57 am
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The BJP government in Madhya Pradesh on Monday asked IAS officer Ajay Singh Gangwar to explain a purported Facebook post calling for a people’s revolution (jan kranti) against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

This comes days after Gangwar was transferred following his Facebook post in which he praised Jawaharlal Nehru. The notice sent today is silent on this post.

The one-line notice has sought his explanation within seven days on a purported Facebook post dated January 23, 2015, which referred to an opinion piece in the editorial page of Jansatta. The piece, written by a contributor, was critical of Modi’s Make in India.

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Gangwar claimed the post in question is not on his timeline and that he may have ‘liked’ an article shared on Facebook but never made that comment. “I will ask them about the source of that post. They probably got it from social media. 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 the 54-year-old officer.

Sharing the purported Facebook post in which Gangwar has ‘liked’ the article, S K Mishra, principal secretary to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan who holds the General Administration Department portfolio, said: “The government acted when the anti-Modi post was brought to its notice. It has nothing to do with his comments about Nehru.’’

Last week, Gangwar, who was posted as the district collector of Barwani, was transferred as deputy secretary in the Secretariat in Bhopal “on a temporary basis till further orders”.

Calling it an ideological battle, Gangwar said: “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.”

Stating that a Facebook ‘like’ or ‘share’ was similar to handing over a book to someone in library, he asked, “will that also invite punishment?’’ Accusing the government of gherabandi (siege), he said the government appeared to prefer those who toe its line.

He said the action would have been justified if he had refused to carry out official work. “I am not in favour of preparing Aadhar cards for children up to five years of age because the card may get lost or the face could change, but I am continuing with the mandate,’’ he said.

Asked if he was planning a political career, he said, “I am a social person. A social person can always turn political’’.

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    Ankit bihari
    May 31, 2016 at 1:43 pm
    You have to become chamcha.
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      IML sood
      May 31, 2016 at 2:30 am
      Such people sitting at responsible position must take due care while writing that too on political matters.If he so keen a Nehru -hi clan Bhagat why not he resigned or rather dismissed to make him free to join Cong. who are on brink of non-existence in political field and in dire need to get some help from such mole.He must also be probed for his under hand dealings.
      1. P
        May 31, 2016 at 3:27 am
        This is what happens when criminalslike RSS BJP are running the country. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;RSS BJP has a history of framing their victims to attack themlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;1) masked men shouted anti-national slogans but rss bjp framed kanaiya with faje doctored videos anddid NOTHING to catch masked men. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;2) now this is being framed dor telling the truth about Nehru which evsry sane person agrees... lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;rss/bjp historically opposed consution, equal rights for women and dalits, computers, technology, pro development reforms;br/gt;lt;br/gt;If RSS BJP had ts way we would have been hindu stan.
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          neeraj agrawal
          May 31, 2016 at 11:59 am
          be a man yaar. he left his wife when he was nobody. his wife didnt remarry out of her own will.
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            ak dev
            May 31, 2016 at 4:11 am
            This guy wants to be politician and let him resign and join Congress. Otherwise he must be sacked.
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