Mangaluru: Congress party workers staged a protest in front of the DC office here, on December 19.
Addressing the protesters, MLC Ivan D’Souza said that Motilal Vohra, Oscar Fernandes, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi retained the National Herald. Is it wrong to save the National Herald newspaper? he questioned, adding, “This is political vendetta to defame Sonia and Rahul Gandhi.”
Ivan further said that the BJP government led by Narendra Modi has used Subramanian Swamy as their agent and made him to raise the issue of the NH. The NH newspaper was started by the first PM Jawaharlal Nehru during the freedom struggle in 1938. Later, when the circulation of the paper fell, it suffered losses. The Congress party then contributed Rs 90 crore to retain the paper. There were a number of cases against the newspaper, it was closed down and all cases against it were dismissed. In 2011, the NH was restarted by Young India Limited Trust led by the Gandhi family.
“Subramanian Swamy, acting like the adopted dog of BJP, filed a false case against Sonia and Rahul Gandhi alleging that the Congress leaders were involved in cheating. Neither Subramanian Swamy nor Modi are patriots; Sonia Gandhi is a true patriot because even when there was an opportunity to become the prime minister, she refused it and made Manmohan Singh the PM.” He also said that today Sonia and Rahul Gandhi are appearing before the court and if they will be arrested and sent to jail, all Congress members will be ready to go to jail as a mark of protest. “Subramanian Swamy has no brains, he is acting like the BJP’s agent. Modi wants Amit Shah and Adani to be the richest people in the country and he is taking them on foreign tours. This kind of dirty politics will destroy BJP soon,” he added.
KPCC member P V Mohan said that Subramanian Swamy is not the “adopted dog” of BJP but is a “mad barking dog”. “He is not the agent of BJP but the agent of Jaitley, Amit Shah and PM Modi.” He further said that National Herald is not the asset of the BJP or “their forefathers”. “It is the asset of the Congress Party and no one has the right to ask us. BJP has various newspapers and they financially support those papers.”
Mohan further said that in the Vyapam scam more than 54 innocent people aged between 20-30 years have died so far. “Arun Jaitley is a criminal behind DDCA, Smrithi Irani is a criminal who does not know what degree she has”. Mohan also challenged that if Sonia and Rahul will be sent to jail, from December 21, the members of the Congress party will start a jail bharo campaign.
Addressing the protesters, district minister in-charge Ramanath Rai said that the Gandhi family has sacrificed their life for the country. “But the BJP government led by Modi is trying to defame Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi with false allegations. Rajiv Gandhi died for the country but the BJP government is making fun of him. They do not have any patriotism. The National Herald was started by the first prime minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, in 1938 and the publication was stopped due to drop in circulation of the newspaper. In 2011, through Young India limited trust, it was restarted. Subramanian Swamy has filed a false allegation on Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Oscar Fernandes and others. Subramanyam Swamy is not mad but a psychopath. If Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi will go to jail, Congress party workers will start Jail Bharo campaign,” he added.