Sanjay Raut digs at ED: Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut has taken a jibe at the Modi government and said that ED could send summons to even Pandit Nehru in the National Herald case. Raut has said these things in Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamana.
Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Sunday said, “It would not be surprising if the Enforcement Directorate issues summons against former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in the National Herald newspaper case and pastes notices on his memorial.” Raut said that the National Herald was like a weapon made by Nehru during the freedom struggle and not like an asset. He said- “When will the businessmen of today’s politics understand this?”
Raut said, “The National Herald newspaper started by Nehru had lost its political importance long ago, but politics continues on it.” He said- “When Jawaharlal Nehru started this paper in 1937, then Mahatma Gandhi, Vallabhbhai Patel and Nehru himself were its pillars. The British feared the factual reporting of this newspaper and it was banned between 1942 and 45.”
He said that this newspaper was not started for money. Raut said, “Nehru’s spirit was in the National Herald and he had told journalists to never be afraid to write.” Quoting Pandit Nehru, he wrote- “When someone said that the (National Herald) newspaper had become a headache for the Congress despite being its mouthpiece, Nehru was furious and asked what do you want from me? Call the editor and ask him to praise everyone? What’s the use of having an editor who only praises?”
Further, the Shiv Sena leader wrote that when the National Herald was suffering, Nehru had offered to sell his house, Anand Bhavan. Raut further pointed out the similarities between Saamana and National Herald saying that both the newspapers are not property but carriers of ideas and principles.
Let us inform that the ED has recently issued summons to Congress President Sonia Gandhi and her MP son Rahul Gandhi in connection with the investigation.