The veteran Congress leader, Rahul Gandhi, lashed out at VD Savarkar again on Thursday, challenging the Maharashtra government to halt the party's ongoing Bharat Jodo Yatra days after his statements sparked controversy.
Mumbai: The veteran Congress leader, Rahul Gandhi, lashed out at VD Savarkar again on Thursday, challenging the Maharashtra government to halt the party’s ongoing Bharat Jodo Yatra days after his statements sparked controversy.
Addressing the media, Rahul Gandhi said, “One is the vision of Savarkar, and the other is the vision of Mahatma Gandhi—there are huge differences between these two visions in the country.”
Meanwhile, Uddhav Thackeray, who is the head of a faction of the Shiv Sena, said his party’s view is different in this matter and doesn’t agree with Rahul’s outlook because he respects VD Savarkar as well. The row began when the BJP accused Rahul Gandhi of “shamelessly lying” about the freedom fighter.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde targeted the Congress leader over his comments on Savarkar and said the people of Maharashtra will give an appropriate reply.
Rahul Gandhi, while addressing a rally in Washim district on Tuesday, said Savarkar is a symbol of the BJP and the RSS, and when he was jailed in Andaman for two to three years, he started writing mercy petitions.
सावरकर जी ने अंग्रेजों की मदद की। उन्होंने अंग्रेजों को चिट्ठी लिखकर कहा – सर, मैं आपका नौकर रहना चाहता हूं।
— Congress (@INCIndia) November 17, 2022
The Congress MP further claimed Savarkar had written a book about himself under a different name and highlighted how brave he was. “He was on pension from the British, worked for them, and tried to go against the Congress,” Gandhi said.