National Herald case: Cong declares statewide protests

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Dec 19, 2015 21:53 IST
Former CLP leader Sunil Jakhar addressing the media in Chandigarh on Saturday. (Gurpreet Singh/HT Photo)

Terming the summoning of Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi by a court in the National Herald case as ‘political terrorism’, the Congress on Saturday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress of ‘stifle the voice of opposition’.

Addressing the media, senior Congress leader and former Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Sunil Jakhar said a new company, Young India, was formed as a non-profit company to bail out Associated Journals Limited (AJL) and revive National Herald which was running into losses.

“No office-bearer of the new company can draw salary or perks. The BJP has shown losses incurred by two newspapers run by it as business losses. Since this government has failed to deliver on anything over the past 18 months, it is resorting to implicating political opponents,” Jakhar claimed.

On allotment of prime land in Panchkula by the former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Jakhar said if the Devi Lal government in Haryana could allot prime Gurgaon land to Badals, why could Hooda government not allot it to a newspaper,” he claimed.

“They had tried to do the same thing in 1977 with Indira Gandhi, and failed, and they are trying to do same thing now. We will not let Modi fulfill his slogan of making the country Congress-mukt,” he added. The party activists held demonstrations and burnt effigies of Modi at district headquarters.

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