Will file petition before EC to derecognise Congress: Swamy

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New Delhi, Nov 3: Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy said on Saturday that he will move the Election Commission (EC) seeking de-recognition of the Congress Party for the latter, according to him, gave interest-free loan to The Associated Journals Limited which publishes National Herald and other newspapers.

Swamy tweeted: "Based on Congi confession of the loan crime yesterday I am filing a Petition today before ECI seeking De-recognition of Congi party."

On Friday, the Congress said it had carried out its duty by supporting the publisher body in the form of providing interest-free loan but no commercial profit accrued to the party. Congress general secretary Janardan Dwivedi said in New Delhi that the Congress gave the help to bring the newspaper back to good health in compliance with the laws of the land. National Herald was founded by Jawaharlal Nehru in 1937 and had played a significant role in the country's freedom struggle, the party sources said.

On Thursday, Swamy alleged 'wrongdoing' by Congress president Sonia Gandhi and the party's general secretary, Rahul Gandhi, vis-a-vis the takeover of the Herald House in the national capital. BJP leader Arun Jaitley also joined Swamy and asked the Congress to clear the air on the issue if indeed it had given Rs 90 crore loan to the company floated by the Gandhis.

The Congress hit back at Swamy, asking him to prove his allegations. Dwivedi said it was a matter of pride that the Congress extended support to the publisher of the historic newspaper that was founded by Nehru.

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