Union minister Jairam Ramesh told a TV channel on Tuesday that BJP's prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi thought he was making history while in fact he was “making up history”.
“Mr Modi thinks he is making history, but every day he is making up history. He is coming up with new facts which completely go against the grain of historical truth… Mr Modi apparently mixed up Gujarati freedom fighter Shyamji Krishna Verma with Shyama Prasad Mookerjee,” Ramesh told news channel NDTV.
On Sunday, Modi said, "Shyama Prasad Mookerjee died in 1930 in London, but the Congress never bothered to bring back his ashes to fulfill his last wish. It was I who got the ashes back to India in 2003".
Mookerjee, the founder of the BJP’s precursor, Jan Sangh, died in 1953 while in custody in J&K. The ashes Modi brought back from Switzerland were that of Shyamji Krishna Verma, who led India’s freedom fight from overseas. Verma, who was closely associated with Veer Savarkar, had died in 1930 in Geneva.
The BJP criticised the Congress for “making an issue out of nothing”. “These are slips of tongue. If they want to make a serious issue out of it, it is foolishness,” said BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar.