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God save this country: Congress on BJP's Bharat Ratna demand for Savarkar

Savarkar had faced criminal trial in the murder of Mahatma Gandhi, Tewari said, adding that he was later acquitted

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A file photo of Modi paying tribute to Veer Savarkar
A file photo of Modi paying tribute to Veer Savarkar

Hitting out at the BJP for mooting award for Hindutva idealogue V D Savarkar, the on Tuesday said that if the government considers it on the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, then "God save this country".

The opposition party's derisive response came after the election manifesto of Maharashtra BJP, released on Tuesday, said the party will ask the NDA government at the Centre to confer India's highest civilian award on

"In a country where Mahatma Gandhi is being made to commit suicide in examinations, anything is possible," spokesperson said at a press conference, referring to the row over a question in the internal assessment examination of some schools in Gujarat.

had faced criminal trial in the murder of Mahatma Gandhi, Tewari said, adding that he was later acquitted.

The spokesperson cited an article which claimed that the Kapur Commission concluded that facts pointed towards a "conspiracy to murder by Savarakar and his group" in Mahatma Gandhi's case.

"If on the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, this government considers any such thing (giving to Savarkar), than all I want to say is that God save this country," Tewari said.

Asked if there was a contradiction between the recent praise for Gandhi by RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and the demand for for Savarkar, Tewari alleged that it was a coordinated and well thought out strategy "that on one hand keep praising Mahatma Gandhi and on the other hand make such a demand".

"But if what has been written in the article about the conclusions of the Kapur Commission is correct, then the government should seriously think that on Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary, is this step appropriate," he said.

In its election manifesto, released by BJP working president J P Nadda, the party's state unit also sought the honour for social reformers Jyotiba Phule and Savitribai Phule, a party leader said.

The manifesto speaks of "pursuing the matter with the central government," the leader said.

Many BJP leaders look up to for inspiration although he was a member of the Hindu Mahasabha and not the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the ideological parent of the BJP.

First Published: Tue, October 15 2019. 17:30 IST
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