New Delhi: Anil Kumar Saumitra, who has been the media-cell head of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Madhya Pradesh until last year, was appointed as professor in Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC).
Last year in May 2019, Saumitra was suspended from his primary membership from the party after he said that Mahatma Gandhi was the father of Pakistan. The party said that his social media posts were against their ethics, ideas and principles.
Saumitra on his Facebook post said, “He was father of the nation, but of Pakistan. The country had crores of sons like him, some were worthy, some unworthy.,” as quoted by The Indian Express.
Saumitra had been removed after a party-related post for the second time. In 2013, he was appointed as the editor of ‘Charaiveti’, the mouth-piece of BJP in Madhya Pradesh.
He was removed from the post after the article was published called, ‘Church ke nark me nun ka Jeevan’, alleging sexual exploitation of nuns in the Catholic Church.
Saumitra wrote a letter to Sumitra Mahajan, who was an MP from Indore and the president of Pandit Deendayal Vichar Prakashan.
Saumitra wrote, “I have been treated like a criminal. I was selected as editor due to my RSS background and ideological commitment.”
The letter was then copied to RSS leaders Mohan Bhagwat, Suresh Joshi and Suresh Soni, also the BJP leaders Rajnath Singh, L K Advani and state leaders such as chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
Saumitra’s appointment to the IIMC was confirmed after 60 applicants were interviewed. He joined the institute as a professor by an order on October 26.
The IIMC sent the offer letter to him on October 20 stating that his selection was confirmed after he was interviewed during the week of September. He would be under a two-year probation period from the date of joining.