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Business News/ News / India/  BJP's Nitin Gadkari issues legal notice to Congress' Mallikarjun Kharge, Jairam Ramesh. Here is why
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BJP's Nitin Gadkari issues legal notice to Congress' Mallikarjun Kharge, Jairam Ramesh. Here is why

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has issued legal notice to Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge and Jairam Ramesh.

Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari (ANI)Premium
Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari (ANI)

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has sent a legal notice to Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge and Jairam Ramesh on attempting to "create confusion, sensation, and disrepute" the BJP leader. The Union Minister has said that Congress shared a 19-second clip shared from his interview on social media which conceals the context and meaning of the interview. According to the notice issued to the, the Congress leaders posted the Hindi captions and video on purpose, hiding the conversation's context and purposefully harming BJP leader Gadkari's reputation. 

In a legal notice sent which was sent by Gadkari's advocate, Balendu Shekhar reads, “While pursuing the said sinister act, my client's interview has also been twisted, distorted, and presented on your handle 'X' by uploading the above video, which is bereft and devoid of contextual meaning. The same has been done deliberately and consciously with a selected piece of Hindi captions."

It also stated, "My client is a Cabinet Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Government of India. Being a part of the Union cabinet of the most dynamic, decisive, visionary, progressive, and powerful government that Bharat, i.e., India, has had since independence under the leadership of our Prime Minister Narendra Modi, I very often interact with the press and media to highlight the deeds and accomplishments of work carried out in the present government regime. In continuation of the same series, my client gave his interview to an online platform, "THE LALLANTOP," which is still available."

"My client is part of the National Political Party, "Bhartiya Janata Party," which is also one of the lead components of NOA, which has formed the present Union Government, has been associated with Indian politics for the last several decades and holds a very high reputation in the general public on account of his efficacy and tireless service to the nation and the people," it said.

"My client was shocked to know, hear, and see the contents and post on the microblogging site 'X' from your party's (Indian National Congress) official handle at 9:36 AM on March 1, 2024, on which you noticees deliberately posted 19 seconds of audio and visual clipping by concealing the contextual intent and meaning of the client's interview," it said.

"The same sinister act has been done with sole intent and ulterior motives to fan and create confusion, sensation, and disrepute to my client in the eyes of the public at large, as well as a futile endeavour to build fissure and rift in the solidarity of the Bhartiya Janata Party, which is all poised to win the trust of people in the upcoming general election under the leadership of our Prime Minister Narendra Modi," added the notice.

"The contents of the piece of the video clip, which is devoid of contextual intent of interaction as well as a captioned Hindi title, are completely false, scandalous, factually incorrect, are completely afterthought, and are an intentional attempt by you noticees to insult and demean my client, coupled with your intent to provoke members of the Bhartiya Janta Party to develop an ideological rift with my client," read the notice.

"The presence of your scandalous contents on your X wall has ultimately harmed the reputation of my client as well as of the political party "BJP'', with which my client is associated, in the eyes of the public at large. The contents of your post have been shared and seen on social networking sites in huge numbers, which has resulted in big reputation damage, defamation and a great loss of credibility for my client," it said.

The legal notice also required an apology to Nitin Gadkari within three days and the removal of the post from the Congress party's social media account within twenty-four hours of receiving it.

If failing to do so, the notice said that the BJP leader would have no other option but to take recourse to all such actions that are open to them, both civil and criminal, at the Congress leader's risk and expense.

(With inputs from ANI)

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Published: 02 Mar 2024, 07:09 AM IST
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