Mumbai : The noted freedom fighter Veer Savarkar is again an issue in the state. The former chief minister and leader of the Opposition, Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday came down heavily on the ruling Shiv Sena in Maharashtra for ignoring attacks by its new ally Congress on freedom fighter Savarkar. The Congress which is very critical of the Hindutva ideologue Savarkar, carried out an anti-story on Savarkar in its Marathi magazine, “Shidori.” Fadnavis demanded a ban on the Marathi magazine.
Fadnavis pointed out that the Maharashtra Congress publishes ‘Shidori’, which has allegedly described late Savarkar as an apologist and a rapist. “These references are part of two separate articles published in the magazine. I wonder how much the Sena is helpless for power that its ally is defaming Sena’s ideologue, Savarkar.” The magazine should be banned and the Congress should apologise over the malicious content in the magazine against Savarkar, he insisted.
The Uddhav Thackeray-led party, a former ally of the BJP, should answer how much insult it can tolerate by its ruling alliance partner, the Congress, Fadnavis said. The Sena should make its stand clear on whether it agrees to the description of Savarkar by the magazine officially published by Congress, he said. The Congress government in Madhya Pradesh has removed a bust of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, while the party-led dispensation in Rajasthan has ordered removal of paintings of Savarkar and Bharatiya Jana Sangh co-founder Deendayal Upadhyay from schools, Fadnavis said. However, despite such insults to “Hinduvta” ideologues, the Sena is sharing power with the Congress and keeping mum on these issues, he further said.
Earlier, the Congress Seva Dal, an outfit of the century-old party, distributed a booklet, named ‘How brave was Veer Savarkar’, distributed among its workers in a training camp. The booklet claims that the veteran Hindutva leader had a homosexual relationship with Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse. The booklet was distributed among party workers during a training session, held in Bhopal last month. It mentions and talks about several incidents, questions and controversies surrounding Savarkar