New Delhi, June 14: Congress senior leader and MP from Chikkaballapur M Veerappa Moily left the party red-faced as he wrote an article in a leading daily, that was full of plagiarism.
According to reports, the article in question, titled. 'From welfare to paternalism' was published in The Hindu on June 11, Thursday, but after getting to know about its credentials, it immediately took off the article from its news website.
The newspaper even called Moily as an offender who had to be identified and said it was 'unacceptable'.
It was reported that Moily had lifted several paragraphs directly from another op-ed article, under the sub-heading "Welfare to paternalism", that was written by G Sampath in his article, "Mr Modi's war on welfare" and was published on May 26, 2015 in The Hindu.
Faced with the embarrassment, Moily acknowledged that he "he used a few paras as inputs from another article and admitted that he should have acknowledged the fact in his article."
Meanwhile, the BJP slammed the Congress, who tried to downplay the incident.
BJP's national spokesperson Siddharth Nath Singh was quoted saying as to the TOI, "Congress party ran out of idea when it was in government. They have no original ideas even when they are in opposition. That is why Veerappa Moily is having to borrow others idea and resort to plagiarism as he struggles to find faults with the Modi government."
However, Moily is not the only politician who has been embroiled into plagiarism controversy. Global leaders like US President Barack Obama, US Vice President Joe Biden, Russian President Vladimir Putin and CNN host Farid Zakaria have also been accused of plagiarim, in the past.