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'Power of truth' being replaced by 'truth of power': Rahul Gandhi

Congress launched a commemorative edition of the National Herald

ANI  |  Bengaluru (Karnataka) 

Rahul Gandhi
Rahul Gandhi

Accusing the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Central Government of silencing the people's voice, vice president on Monday said the 'power of truth' was being completely replaced by the 'truth of power.'

Rahul, who is in on Monday for the first step in the re-launch of the Herald, a Congress-run newspaper started by former prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, said anybody, who tries to stand for the truth is pushed aside by the present government.

"In India, power manufactures the truth and everyone knows what the truth is, but the people are scared to say it. The power of truth is being completely replaced by the truth of power. The Government is forcing everyone into silence," he added.

The on Monday launched a commemorative edition of the Herald to mark the 70th year of Independence in the presence of Vice-President Hamid Ansari and at Ambedkar Bhavan on Millers Road here.

This event will be followed by an official launch of the edition and formal print re-launch of the newspaper in New Delhi on June 20 by President Pranab Mukherjee.

The paper will be published weekly from New Delhi.

The online web edition 'Nationalherald.com' has been functional since last year and is being headed by Neelabh Misra as editor.

The print edition of the newspaper was originally launched from Lucknow September 9, 1938, whose editor at that time was Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, but it was later shut down in 2008 due to financial constraints.

The newspaper has been headline after Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy filed a case against President Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Treasurer Motilal Vora, leader Oscar Fernandes, Suman Dubey and Sam Pitroda.

Swamy's application alleges that the granted an interest-free loan of Rs. 90.25 crore to Associated Journals Limited (AJL), owner of the Herald newspaper, adding that the did bungling on the loan and it was not repaid in cash.

Swamy further alleged that Sonia and Rahul were made directors of a company- Young Indian- in November 2010, which acquired almost all the shareholding of AJL and all its properties, reportedly worth Rs. 5,000 crore.

First Published: Mon, June 12 2017. 18:42 IST
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