Days after IAS officer Ajay Singh Gangwar was transferred, following a Facebook post in which he praised Jawaharlal Nehru, the Madhya Pradesh government has sought an explanation from him over his comments on the social network site criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Gangwar has been given a week to reply.
The notice was sent to him after Gangwar shared an opinion piece published in the Jansatta newspaper on his Facebook page. The piece was critical of Modi’s 'Make in India' initiative.
Gangwar claimed that while he may have 'liked' the article on Facebook, the post in question is not on his Facebook timeline.
According to reports, he had commented on the article, “Modi ke khilaf jankranti honi chahiye (There should be a people’s movement against Modi)”.
“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," the 54-year-old officer told The Indian Express.
On 26 May, Gangwar was transferred from Barwani, where he was the District Collector, to the secretariat in Bhopal "on a temporary basis till further notice," reportedly for posting comments that praised India's first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru.
The post which allegedly led to his transfer reads: “Pls let me know the mistakes Nehru should not have committed…It was his mistake if he didn’t allow you to become a Hindu Talibani Rashtra in 194... It was his mistake that he brought IIT, ISRO, BARAC, IISB, IIM, BHEL STEEL PLANT, DAMS, THERMAL POWER (sic).”
However, government officials have denied transferring the IAS officer on the basis of his comments on Nehru. S K Mishra, principal secretary to Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who also 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."
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