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Protests held in parts of Maharashtra against Priyank Kharge over his remarks on Savarkar

PTI | | Posted by Yamini C S
Dec 09, 2023 09:29 AM IST

Kharge had said it would be appropriate to remove the portrait of Savarkar from the chamber of the Karnataka assembly, and if allowed, he would remove it.

The BJP and its youth wing on Friday held protests in parts of Maharashtra, including Mumbai and Nagpur, to condemn Karnataka minister Priyank Kharge's remarks against Hindutva ideologue V D Savarkar.

BJP Yuva Morcha workers protest outside the Thane Collector office against Karnataka Congress MLA Priyank Kharge's remarks on VD Savarkar.(PTI)
BJP Yuva Morcha workers protest outside the Thane Collector office against Karnataka Congress MLA Priyank Kharge's remarks on VD Savarkar.(PTI)

Kharge, a Congress leader, on Thursday said it would be appropriate to remove the portrait of Savarkar from the chamber of the Karnataka assembly, and if allowed, he would remove it.

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"Who gave the title Veer to Veer Savarkar? There is no clarity on it. If they (BJP) know, let them tell. Whether Savarkar was taking pension from the British or not? Did he write an apology letter (to the British) five to six times or not? Did his family write the apology letter or not," he asked.

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Condemning his remarks, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislators in Maharashtra staged a protest outside the Vidhan Bhavan, the state legislature complex in Nagpur, where the winter session of the legislature is currently underway.

Several BJP MLAs gathered on the steps of the legislature complex, raised slogans condemning the Karnataka minister's comment and demanded responses from Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Shiv Sena (UBT) chief Uddhav Thackeray on the issue.

In Mumbai, the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), the BJP's youth wing, held a demonstration against Kharge at Dadar in central Mumbai. In neighbouring Thane, a protest was held outside the collector office.

In Nashik, the BJYM activists took out a symbolic funeral procession in the Red Cross signal area to denounce Kharge's remarks against Savarkar.

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"Everyone knows Congress' hatred towards Savarkar. Uddhav Thackeray and Sanjay Raut should clear their stand about the Congress which consistently makes controversial statements against Savarkar. Hindutva as per their convenience and double standards about Congress, which hates Savarkar, is the real face of Thackeray's lust for power," BJYM's Nashik city unit president Sagar Shelar said during the protest.

The BJYM activists warned the Congress leaders to stop making objectionable statements against Savarkar and said those supporting such people should be alert or else they will have to face their wrath.

The BJYM also held a protest at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Chowk in Latur against Priyank Kharge.

They slippered an effigy of the Karnataka minister and later set it ablaze during the protest.

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