The Congress Party has relaunched the ‘controversial’ National Herald newspaper on Monday at Ambedkar Bhavan, Millers Road, Bengaluru. To mark the 70th year of independence, the newspaper, founded by Jawaharlal Nehru, has been relaunched by Vice President Hamid Ansari in the presence of Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi. Apart from the Nation Herald event, Gandhi will address about 1,500 Congress workers and office bearers during the party meet.
Moreover, an official launch of the edition and formal print-re launch of the newspaper by President Pranab Mukherjee will be held in New Delhi on June 20.
After the launch, the paper will be published on a weekly basis from the National Capital. However, the newspaper made a comeback in a digitised form, NationalHerald.com, last year in November.
Originally, the print edition of the newspaper was launched on September 9, 1938, from Lucknow. At that time the editor of the paper was Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru but due to some financial constraints, it was shut down in 2008.
Also, the newspaper has been in the news after BJP leader Subramanian Swamy filed a case against some of the members of Congress party including Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Motilal Vohra, Oscar Fernandes, Suman Dubey and Sam Pitroda, alleging that the Congress granted an interest-free loan to Associated Journals Limited.