Mumbai: AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Tuesday slammed the Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s remarks on Veer Savarkar and said that the BJP will soon remove Mahatma Gandhi and declare the late Savarkar as ‘the father of the nation’.
“They (BJP) are presenting distorted history. If this continues, they will remove Mahatma Gandhi and make Savarkar, who was accused of the murder of Mahatma Gandhi and was pronounced complicit in the inquiry of Justice Jeevan Lal Kapur, as the father of the nation,” the Hyderabad MP told ANI. Also Read: Still Feel I am Maharashtra’s CM, People’s Love Hasn’t Receded: Devendra Fadnavis
Rajnath Singh on Tuesday attended an event and there he spoke to release a book on Hindutva ideology.
He had said that Savarkar wrote mercy petitions to the British on Mahatma Gandhi’s request and that he was a staunch nationalist but people from the Marxist and Leninist ideology wrongly accuse him as a fascist. Also Read: Samajwadi Party Will Form Alliance With Smaller Parties To Defeat BJP: Akhilesh Yadav
“He “(Savarkar) was an icon of Indian history and will remain so. There can be a difference of opinion about him, but to look down on him as inferior is not appropriate and justifiable. He was a freedom fighter and a staunch nationalist, but people who follow the Marxist and Leninist ideology are the ones who accuse Savarkar of being a fascist….” said Singh.
“Lies were spread about Savarkar repeatedly. It was spread that he filed many mercy petitions for seeking his release from jails…. It was Mahatma Gandhi who asked him to file the mercy petitions…,” the defence minister added.
He went on to say that said Savarkar gave the country a “robust defence and diplomatic doctrine” and the hatred towards him is illogical and unplaced.