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IAS officer Ajay Singh Gangwar, has been issued a show cause notice by Madhya Pradesh government for allegedly advocating a ‘jankranti’ (people’s revolution) against Prime Minister Narendra Modi through a Facebook post.

The state government slapped the notice on Gangwar through an e-mail to him yesterday for allegedly ‘liking’ a post against the Prime Minister in January and commenting, “Modi ke
khilaf jankranti honi chaia (sic)”, a charge refuted by the 55-year-old IAS officer.

Gangwar, who was transferred as deputy secretary, contested the charge stating he had neither posted nor ‘liked’ anything against Modi on his Facebook account on January 23,
2016, for which he had been issued the show cause notice.

“If I had posted or ‘liked’ anything on the Facebook on January 23, why so much time was taken to serve show cause notice to me now. I have been asked to reply to the show cause
notice in a week. I am going to ask in my reply that my timeline on Facebook doesn’t have any post or ‘like’ against Modi,” Gangwar told the news agencies today.

Before Gangwar was shunted out from Barwani last week, he had posted on Facebook on the country’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in Hindi, saying “Let me know the
mistakes that Nehru should not have committed. Is it his mistake that he prevented all of us from becoming Hindu Talibani Rashtra in 1947?”

“Is it his mistake to open IIT, ISRO, BARC, IISB, IIM, BHEL steel plant, dams, thermal power? Is it his mistake that he honoured Sarabhai, Homi Jehangir in place of intellectuals like Asaram and Ramdev?,” he allegedly posted on the social networking site.

Gangwar maintained that he was transferred over his “Facebook post”.

“I have been transferred primarily due to my post on former Prime Minister Nehru,” he claimed.

He said the post was his personal opinion and nothing more should be read into it.

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