New Delhi. In a major embarrassment to the Congress party, an article written by its General Secretary Rahul Gandhi has been published by once popular children’s magazine Champak. The article deals with the currently hot topic of corruption in public life and it shows how a young lion named “Leo Baby” removed corruption from the jungle for good.
Sources tell Faking News that Rahul Gandhi had written the article last week after Anna Hazare started his fast against corruption and it was due to be published in the party newsletter, but somehow it got leaked to the publishers of Champak.
“It’s a conspiracy to deride Rahul Baba,” Congress leader Digvijay Singh alleged, “The publishers of that magazine have clear leftist leanings and they know their favorite parties are going to lose in Kerala and Bengal, that’s why they have stooped to such cheap tactics.”
Digvijay Singh suspected the hand of communist leaders behind this “conspiracy” as the name “Leo Baby” sounded very similar to “Amul Baby”, a sobriquet given to Rahul Gandhi by veteran communist leader VS Achuthanandan.
“This article is not written at all by Rahul Baba,” Digvijay Singh further claimed, “The publishers have written it themselves and are trying to push up the sales of their magazine. My lawyer could call me anytime and soon I’d file a case against them.”
Digvijay Singh refused to comment over the possibility of the government banning Champak in a few states.
However the publishers of the magazine, Delhi Press, have claimed that the article was indeed written by Rahul Gandhi and it was delivered to their office in an official Congress envelop with the postage stamp paid by the PMO (Prime Minister’s Office).
“The article also talks of two jungles, aam jaanwar (common animals), and a deer called Hiranavati; so it totally looks authentic to us,” an official of Delhi Press told our reporter Chatur Chintu.
Interestingly, the Delhi Press official unwittingly conceded that the PMO envelop didn’t have any covering letter directing them to publish the article specifically in Champak among the 30-odd magazines that the group operates, but the editors took this decision.
(based on inputs by Kunal Anand)