Journal row: Congress seeks Nirupam’s explanation

The showcause notice to Nirupam has been issued just days ahead of Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi's proposed visit to Mumbai.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: January 14, 2016 2:24 am
Sanjay Nirupam, Congress Sanjay Nirupam, Sanjay Nirupam Nehru The showcause notice to Nirupam has been issued just days ahead of Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi’s proposed visit to Mumbai.

Left embarrassed by articles in a party organ criticising Jawaharlal Nehru’s policies on Kashmir and China and calling Sonia Gandhi’s father a ‘fascist soldier’, Congress has issued a showcause notice to the magazine’s editor and Mumbai party chief Sanjay Nirupam.

The powerful Disciplinary Action Committee of AICC headed by A K Antony issued the notice to Nirupam, a former Lok Sabha member from Mumbai and one of the party’s important faces from the Hindi heartland in Maharashtra, about two days back.

Nirupam, a former Shiv Sena man, has been given “a few days” to respond.

The party was left red faced on December 28, the day Congress was celebrating its 131st foundation day, when
unsigned articles appeared in its mouthpiece blaming Nehru for “the state of affairs in Kashmir, China and Tibet”.

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Another write-up in ‘Congress Darshan’ said party president Sonia Gandhi’s father Stephano Maino was a former
“fascist soldier”.

The showcause notice comes despite an apology from Nirupam and Congress already having distanced itself from its “defunct” mouthpiece. Sudhir Joshi, the editorial content incharge of the magazine, was sacked soon after the articles became public.

Congress had also said earlier that the party had appointed Nirupam as MRCC chief and not editor of any magazine.

Recently, some Mumbai Congress leaders, including AICC General Secretary Gurudas Kamat, had met Sonia and complained about the matter.

The showcause notice to Nirupam has been issued just days ahead of Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi’s proposed visit to Mumbai on January 15 and 16. Rahul, who was back from his Europe trip on Sunday, is scheduled to hold meetings with senior party leaders including those of the Mumbai Regional Congress Committee during his two-day visit.

(with PTI inputs)

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    Srividya Jayaraman
    Jan 13, 2016 at 3:08 pm
    In that case even the leader of AAP removes the person who question him
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    Rajesh
    Jan 13, 2016 at 12:54 pm
    So much intolerance by these shameless CONgis! That Mani Aiyar should go to stan and ask them to get rid of the Nehru criminal dynasty for the sake of freedom and democracy!
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      Faiyaz
      Jan 13, 2016 at 2:06 pm
      Vow! what happened to 'freedom of speech'? and Indeed Nehru was responsible for the decisions he took! But it's Congress after all. Anybody who criticizes the dynasty is wrong. It is as simple as that!
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        jai
        Jan 13, 2016 at 4:05 pm
        sonia should be called to answer to accusations against her and clear her name instead of attacking the messenger. as for nehru, he pictured himself as a brown britisher and a dandy. as a prime minster, he was a useless bureaucrat and hi is responsible for giving him the post. no wonder till today, india is run by babus who have no intellectual abilities to think outside the box.
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        kamath Ramesh
        Jan 15, 2016 at 8:28 am
        How intolerant congress is on its own leaders. When somebody speak truth they are penalized. it is the culture of the congress.
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          Kay
          Jan 13, 2016 at 3:13 pm
          Put Azad/Kapildev of BJP and Nirupam of Congress in same wavelength.
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            Me Marathi
            Jan 13, 2016 at 3:37 pm
            This lampoon pity ghetto goon is of no worth. And khangi showing off this as an disciplinary action is joke of the day. Khangis think they can still fool people !!
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              rajan luthra
              Jan 13, 2016 at 1:08 pm
              Sanjay Nirupam is most vocal spokesman and active member of Congress and this exercise should be seen as one for public consumption to send a message to potential dissenters; and also to complete the formality necessary for the disciplinary committee
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