In the wake of a controversial Facebook post by Trinamool Congress leader Anupam Hazra, comparing Mahatma Gandhi with Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, the party has issued a show-cause notice to the MP. This notice was issued on Friday and the party has sought his reply within next week. Hazra in a Facebook post last week had said that he has a “problem in accepting Mahatma Gandhi as the Father of the Nation”. He wrote that he feels that Nehru would have been conferred the title of father of the nation, given that Gandhi and Nehru had not victimized Bose. “I feel had Mr Gandhi and Mr Nehru not victimized Netaji, then he would have been conferred the title (father of the nation),” Hazara’a post read.
Commenting on the issue, TMC Secretary General Partha Chatterjee was quoted as saying that the party had repeatedly cautioned Hazra and asked him not to make any sort of comment which may dent its image. But, he has been constantly making statements which are harmful to the party, Chatterjee said. However, this is not the first time the MP has come into limelight because of activities on social media. Courting controversies in the past as well, Hazara had in another Facebook post expressed his displeasure over being branded as “anti-party”. TMC Birbhum district president Anubrata Mandal has criticised Hazra for his comments.
Hazra is a first-time TMC MP from Bolpur constituency in Birbhum district. He was elected to 16th Lok Sabha in May 2014. He has been also a member of the Standing Committee on Information Technology and also a member of Consultative Committee, Ministry of Steel and Mines. From January 2015 onwards he has been a member of the Samsad (Court) of Visva-Bharati.