Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Monday slammed the Narendra Modi-led NDA government at the Centre and said the power of truth is being completely replaced by the truth of power.
"Today in India the power of truth is being completely replaced by the truth of power," Rahul said.
"Thousands and thousands of journalists are not being allowed to write what they want. I met them, they told me," he said, adding, "The government is forcing everyone into silence. Whoever attempts to tell the truth is threatened and silenced."
The Congress on Monday launched a commemorative edition of the National Herald to mark the 70th year of Independence in the presence of Vice-President Hamid Ansari in Bangalore.
President Pranab Mukherjee is expected to formally launch the print edition of the National Herald in New Delhi as a weekly on 20 June.
The National Herald was launched in 1938 by first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. Last year, the newspaper returned with a digital version eight years after it shut down with an alleged unpaid debt of about Rs.90 crore.
The newspaper has hit headlines after BJP leader Subramanian Swamy filed a case against Congress President Sonia Gandhi, vice president Rahul Gandhi and other Congress leaders.
Alleging that the Congress granted an interest-free loan of Rs. 90.25 crore to Associated Journals Limited (AJL), owner of the National Herald newspaper, Swamy said the Congress did bungling in the loan and it was not repaid in cash.
(With inputs from agencies)