Madhya Pradesh tehsildar gets notice for pro-Modi post on Facebook

In a Facebook post Tuesday, Ratlam tehsildar Amita Singh requested the PM to start 'Rajiv Gandhi Atmahatya Yojana’.

Written by Milind Ghatwai | Bhopal | Published:June 9, 2016 2:41 am

Soon after an IAS officer in Madhya Pradesh was transferred for a purported anti-Modi post on Facebook, a tehsildar is in trouble for a pro-Modi post that takes potshots at “secularists and those with Congress mindset’’ for their inability to digest anything that is said in the Prime Minister’s praise.

In a Facebook post Tuesday, Ratlam tehsildar Amita Singh requested the PM to start “Rajiv Gandhi Atmahatya Yojana’’ so that “secularists and people with Congress mindset” can commit “suicide” rather than hear news about the response he got during his Afghanistan visit when “Muslims carried the tricolour and chanted Bharat Mata Ki Jai and Vande Mataram’’.

“I am a citizen of the country. I enjoy my freedom of expression. I like Modi so much that even if he joins the CPM, I will continue to praise him,’’ the 44-year-old officer told The Indian Express, defending her post as one laced with sarcasm. She said she did not mean offence to anyone.

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The CEO of Ratlam district panchayat, Dr Harjinder Singh, who is officiating as collector, said a notice has been served to the tehsildar seeking an explanation within seven days. He said her Facebook comments amounted to violation of code of conduct but the administration will need evidence to act against her.

Asked about the action the BJP government took against former Barwani collector Ajay Gangwar, the tehsildar said: “Gangwar was transferred because he praised Nehru, who was responsible for partition and also because of his post against Modi.’’

Amita blamed former IAS officer Akhilendu Arjaria for bringing her post into the public domain. She claimed Arjaria often ranted against Modi on Facebook.

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