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IAS officer transferred after praising Nehru on Facebook

His Facebook post supported former PM Jawaharlal Nehru's secularism and appeared to jab at the BJP

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: May 28 2016 3:52PM | Updated Date: May 28 2016 3:52PM

IAS officer transferred after praising Nehru on Facebook

A senior bureaucrat in Madhya Pradesh (MP) has been transferred after he praised former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru on Facebook.

 

Ajay Singh Gangwar has now deleted his post, which he first published last week, after it went viral on internet.

 

The ruling BJP says he has been penalised because he violated a basic rule that bureaucrats are not meant to share political affiliations.

 

"He has violated code of conduct. If in the name of freedom of speech, we will insult the system, that is wrong," said Vishwas Sarang of the BJP.

 

But the opposition Congress says that the ruling BJP has proven its intolerance for any praise of a Congress stalwart and a freedom fighter. "It is condemnable that a statesman like Nehru is spoken of and the person is demoted. This creates fear," said the party's Meem Afzal.

 

Gangwar, was the Collector or top bureaucrat in the area of Barwani, 350 km from the state capital of Bhopal. He has been reassigned to a routine administrative post in the Bhopal secretariat or state government's headquarters.

Sources say senior officials who found out about his Facebook post consulted ministers and an inquiry was ordered. After the post was verified, the sources say, the transfer was announced.