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BJP wants govt to give consent to Savarkar memorial in France

delhi Updated: Jul 08, 2009 17:27 IST

BJP on Wednesday pressured the Government to give its consent for construction of a memorial for freedom fighter Vinayak Damodar Savarkar in the French city of Marseilles.

Leader of Opposition L K Advani sought to know the factual position regarding a letter written by the Mayor of Marseilles expressing willingness to install a memorial and whether the government had any objection to such a move.

The issue was raised during Zero Hour by BJP member Gopinath Munde who said 100 years ago on this day, Savarkar had escaped from a British ship, which had docked near Marseilles, when he was being brought to India after being arrested in London for his anti-British activities.

Savarkar swam across to the shore but was rearrested in Marseilles, brought to India and imprisoned in the Celullar Jail in the Andamans. Munde said the Marseilles Mayor had agreed to put up Savarkar's statue and had written to the government for its consent but was yet to receive a response.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs V Narayanasamy said the government has taken note of the matter and he would bring the issue to the notice of the External Affairs Ministry.

Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj and her other colleagues wanted the government to reply to their concerns soon, saying Wednesday marked the centenary of the incident "which shook the British empire".