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In Savarkar Row, Devendra Fadnavis Counters Rahul Gandhi


New Delhi/Mumbai:

With a collection of tweets exhibiting letters and video clips, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis right this moment countered Congress chief Rahul Gandhi’s remarks about Hindutva ideologue VD Savarkar’s mercy petitions to the British when jailed throughout the freedom wrestle.

Mr Fadnavis stated even Mahatma Gandhi had used the identical signoff as Savarkar did, ‘I encourage to stay, sir, your most obedient servant’, in letters to the British.

“Rahul ji, yesterday you requested me to learn the final traces of a letter [by VD Savarkar],” stated the BJP chief, “Have you ever learn this letter from our revered Mahatma Gandhi? Does it have the identical final line you needed me to learn?”

Whereas VD Savarkar’s letter was a mercy petition, Mahatma Gandhi — within the 1920 letter, part of which Mr Fadnavis shared — was apparently telling the British about non-cooperation being a legitimate type of protest.

Mentioning particular phrases, Mr Fadnavis additionally shared “a letter from 1980” wherein former PM Indira Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi’s grandmother, referred to as VD Savarkar a “pillar of the liberty motion” and “outstanding son of India”.

The BJP, which considers VD Savarkar an icon of bravery and prefers to name him “Veer”, has been attacking Rahul Gandhi over his most up-to-date remarks that he made in Maharashtra throughout his ongoing ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’.

Mr Fadnavis additional shared Maharashtra leaders’ laudatory views on VD Savarkar — together with these of Congress leaders — and shared a letter and video of Congress ally Sharad Pawar, too, wherein the NCP chief calls VD Savarkar’s life “a saga of supreme sacrifices”.

The row has additionally spotlighted, once more, contradictions within the Congress alliance with Uddhav Thackeray’s Shiv Sena faction in Maharashtra. “We’ve immense respect for Veer Savarkar. We do not agree with Rahul Gandhi’s views,” Uddhav Thackeray had stated.

On this, Rahul Gandhi has argued that distinction of opinion can exist with companions in a democracy.

The Congress has caught by Rahul Gandhi, who had contrasted tribal chief Birsa Munda’s bravery with VD Savarkar’s mercy pleas earlier this week. Yesterday Mr Gandhi added to his argument by flashing a letter written by VD Savarkar to the British, and stated: “I’m clearly of the view that he helped the British.”

Congress chief Jairam Ramesh right this moment stated Rahul Gandhi didn’t goal VD Savarkar however “solely highlighted a historic truth”.

“It was a proven fact that (Mahatma Gandhi’s murderer) Nathuram Godse was influenced by Savarkar. It was Savarkar’s ideology that was behind the killing of Mahatma Gandhi. The ideology to which Savarkar subscribed was reason for his killing,” Mr Ramesh additional stated.

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