The proposal met with some resistance at the Extraordinary General Meeting.
Ishrat Ali Siddiqui, 93, a shareholder and the former chief editor of Qaumi Awaaz, accused the board members of "having no intention of reviving National Herald" (it had shut down in 2008) and selling away all the real estate of the company.
Chairman Vora rushed in to reassure him that the real estate was intact and the company "definitely intended to restart the paper". But Siddiqui wasn't convinced. When the next meeting of the shareholders was held in New Delhi on September 26, he decided to skip it.
"It makes me angry today to see all that is happening," says he. "The Associated Journals was never envisioned as a business proposition."
Vikram Rao, the son of National Herald's first editor, K Rama Rao, and the president of the Uttar Pradesh Working Journalists' Union, says the newspaper should be restarted soon because the Congress needs a "mouthpiece to revive its sagging fortunes in Uttar Pradesh".
Some years back, he claims to have met Sonia and Salman Khurshid (the then chief of the Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee) to request them to restart the newspaper, but nothing came out of it.