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Bareilly DM’s anti-PM posts on Facebook stirs row

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | AMITA VERMA
Published Jan 31, 2018, 1:14 am IST
Updated Jan 31, 2018, 1:14 am IST
These posts were deleted on Tuesday, along with his earlier posts on the Kasganj riots that went viral and kicked up a major controversy.
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Lucknow: If his post on communal violence in Kasganj that questions the “disturbing trend” of entering Muslim localities and raising slogans was not enough, an IAS officer, posted as Bareilly district magistrate, R. Vikram Singh, has posted objectionable posts regarding Prime Minister Narendra Modi and even the controversial film Padmaavat.

These posts were deleted on Tuesday, along with his earlier posts on the Kasganj riots that went viral and kicked up a major controversy.

 

Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Maurya said on Tuesday that the government had taken note of the posts by the district magistrate. “Action will certainly not be taken against him. Officials will not be allowed to behave like agents of political parties,” he said. A senior official in the Chief Minister’s secretariat said that the government was apprised of the matter and action, if needed, would be taken by the Chief Minister.

After the controversy broke out, district magistrate posted “Jee suna hai ki…wo chai ki piyali mein koi toofan aaya hua hai. His earlier deleted posts spoke about ‘Chaiwala’ — an obvious reference to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. His next one said, “Nahin Padmavat nahin dekhenge… kahin pasand na aa jaye”.

 

Post row: FB view personal, says DM
Asked about his post on ‘Chaiwala’, Mr Singh said that it was being read in the wrong context and his intentions were being misconstrued.

He said that his views on his Facebook wall were personal and should not be seen in view of his professional duties. “I am hurt and angry at what is happening in the name of nationalism,” he said.

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