Civil society members boycott Nirupam's event, Cong cancels it

Mumbai, Oct 5: Members of a civil society here decided to boycott an event on a civic issue organised by Congress' Mumbai unit in the wake of its chief Sanjay Nirupam calling the Army's surgical strikes across the LoC as "fake".

However, the party later cancelled the panel discussion, on alleged "abduction of open spaces" in the city, which was scheduled at Patrakar Bhavan here at 3 PM today. No reason was given for cancelling the event.

The civil society members, including former Central Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi, Anandini Thakur, RTI activist Bhaskar Prabhu and others had yesterday decided to pull out as panelists from the event after Nirupam's remarks.

Gandhi, in an e-mail sent to Nirupam yesterday, expressed their decision not to attend the discussion.

"It pains all Indians to hear an Indian national talking in such a manner and providing support to Pakistan's stand," he said in the e-mail.

"We found Nirupam questioning the authenticity of the surgical strikes and terming them fake as extremely unwarranted and avoidable. After having consultation with other members of the civil society, we decided to keep ourselves away from the meeting organised by Nirupam," Gandhi told PTI.