‘Rahul Jinnah’ a more appropriate name for you: BJP hits back at Rahul Gandhi

Veer Savarkar is revered as a Hindutva icon for the BJP but is accused by its rivals of tendering apologies to the British government to secure release from jail when India was under colonial rule.
BJP leader G. V. L. Narasimha Rao.(PTI FILE PHOTO.)
BJP leader G. V. L. Narasimha Rao.(PTI FILE PHOTO.)
Updated on Dec 14, 2019 07:44 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

Reacting to Rahul Gandhi for his Savarkar jibe at the BJP, the ruling party on Saturday said a “more appropriate” name for the Congress leader will be “Rahul Jinnah” as his “Muslim appeasement” politics makes him a worthy legatee of Pakistan’s founder leader. 

Addressing the Congress’ mega “Bharat Bachao Rally” at Ramlila Grounds in the national capital, Gandhi had turned down the BJP’s demand for an apology for his “rape in India” comment, saying his name was Rahul Gandhi not Rahul Savarkar, and that he would never apologise for speaking the truth.

Veer Savarkar is a Hindutva icon for the BJP but is accused by its rivals of tendering apologies to the British government to secure release from jail when India was under colonial rule.

Targeting Gandhi, BJP spokesperson G V L Narasimha Rao said, “The more appropriate name for you Rahul Gandhi is Rahul Jinnah. Your Muslim appeasement politics and mindset makes you a worthy legatee of Mohammad Ali Jinnah, not Savarkar.”

Amit Malviya, the BJP IT cell head, tweeted that the former Congress president was right that he can never be Rahul Savarkar.  “For once Rahul Gandhi is right. He can never be ‘Rahul Savarkar’. Veer Savarkar is a national icon, who has had a civilisational impact on India’s polity and will continue to be revered for generations to come.  5 generations of the Nehru-Gandhi family can’t measure up to his legacy,” he said.

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