Opposition members created an uproar in Rajya Sabha on Thursday against the eulogising of Mahatma Gandhi killer Nathuram Godse at a November 15 function in Maharashtra.
Opposition MPs engaged in a verbal duel with treasury benches, leading to two adjournments. Earlier in the day, BJP MP from Unnao, Sakshi Maharaj, triggered a controversy by calling Godse a patriot. Later, he withdrew his words saying he did not mean it the way it had been interpreted.
Congress leader Husain Dalwai raised the matter in the Rajya Sabha during Zero Hour saying he has already written to Maharashtra CM about the event. He accused certain right wing organisation of holding such programmes and creating communal tension through religious conversions. “These people talk of development, but are trying to create a rift in the society,” he said.
Parliamentary affairs minister Venkaiah Naidu said, “There is no question of eulogising such a person. We should leave the matter there, but defaming an organisation is not acceptable.”
Godse’s kin speaks
Accusing Congress of raising the issue of Nathuram Godse out of ‘political frustration’ Himani Savarkar, a descendent of Godse, said that no outsider was present at the “family function” — held to mark Godse’s birthday on November 15.
Savarkar is the daughter of Gopal Godse, Nathuram’s brother. “It was Congress which banned the release of his testament before the court. Is it not suppression? My father published Nathuram’s statement with court permission. How will the Congress justify this?” she said, adding that the Congress had raised the topic out of desperation.
“Why did Congress not take any action when it was in power? We are doing it for past 64 years. What is wrong if somebody is thinking of Akhand Bharat?” she asked.