‘Savarkar always tried to break India, BJP-RSS doing same’: Jairam Ramesh

Published on Nov 25, 2022 05:08 AM IST

In a thinly-veiled jab at Union Minister of Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya Scindia, Jairam Ramesh invoked the popular poem which glorifies Lakshmibari, the Queen of Jhansi

Ramesh reiterated that the “Savarkar chapter is closed” (PTI Photo)
Ramesh reiterated that the “Savarkar chapter is closed” (PTI Photo)
ByAnish Yande

Continuing his remark against Hindutva ideologue V D Savarkar, the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said Savarkar always tried to break India into pieces, and the BJP-RSS is undertaking the same efforts. “...Meanwhile, we are trying to unite India,” he said during a press briefing on Thursday in Khargaon, MP.

Explaining the importance of Congress’ mass movement, the Congress leader said, “The country is breaking down due to economic challenges, the polarisation of society, and dictatorship in politics. This is why we have undertaken the Bharat Jodo Yatra.”

Ramesh reiterated that the “Savarkar chapter is closed”. Comments by Rahul Gandhi on Savarkar incited a row which prompted Shiv Sena’s Uddhav Thackeray-led faction leader Sanjay Raut to say that the Congress’ attacks on the Hindu Mahasabha leader may impact the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) alliance in Maharashtra.

In a previous press briefing, Jairam attacked the BJP for spreading falsehoods about Congress leaders. The Karnataka MP noted that the day the BJP and the RSS, the saffron party’s ideological fountainhead stop spreading falsehoods about their leaders, they will stop telling the truths about theirs (BJPs).

Ramesh also criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent tour of South Indian states, saying, “One of the impacts of the Bharat Jodo Yatra is that the BJP makes its schedule after seeing the path of the Bharat Jodo Yatra. PM Modi himself, when he travelled through four south Indian states, followed in the footsteps of the Bharat Jodo Yatra. He took photo opportunities in some places and left.”

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On November 11, Modi travelled to Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana to “participate in diverse programmes aimed at strengthening India’s growth trajectory.” At the same time, Rahul Gandhi-led walkathon was stepping out of Telangana into Maharashtra.

In a thinly-veiled jab at Union Minister of Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya Scindia, Jairam Ramesh invoked the popular poem which glorifies Lakshmibari, the Queen of Jhansi. The poem is titled ‘Khoob Ladi Mardani’ (The fearless queen fought valiantly), written by Subhadra Kumari Chauhan, an Indian poet and freedom fighter.

“In the poem written by Chauhan, there is a mention of a Scindia who is an ally of the British,” Ramesh said in a jovial tone. He referred to the allegations of betrayal levied against Jayajirao Scindia, the Maharaja of Gwalior, who was a known ally of the British. Jayajirao Scindia led his forces against a rebel army spearheaded by Tatya Tope and Queen Lakshmibai in a move that is considered a betrayal of the 1857 Revolt for Independence.

Ramesh drew a comparison between the historical ruler Jayajirao Scindia and the BJP leader Jyotiraditya Scindia, hinting at the betrayal of the Congress by Scindia. In March 2020, Jyotiraditya Scindia left Congress, citing disagreements with INC leadership, especially Sonia Gandhi.

Jairam Ramesh also highlighted the purpose of the Bharat Jodo Yatra, saying, “The Congress is not predicting what the effect of the Yatra will be on the 2024 Lok Sabha Elections. The purpose of the Yatra is to bring unity, camaraderie and coordination to the party.”

JP Agarwal, former Delhi MP and Congress leader, who accompanied Ramesh in the press briefing, said, “The Congress workers are now enthused with a new spirit after participating in the activities organised. The presence of Rahul Gandhi has further boosted their spirits.”

In the press briefing, Ramesh also said that on the occasion of Consitution Day on November 26, Rahul Gandhi and Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge would oversee a public meeting. The Bharat Jodo Yatra, which has been on the road for 78 days, has travelled across 34 districts and seven states. After Madhya Pradesh, the yatra is expected to enter Rajasthan next in December.

On Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot’s outburst against Sachin Pilot, Jairam said Gehlot is a senior and experienced political leader. “Whatever differences he has expressed with Pilot will be resolved in a manner that strengthens Congress. Right now it is the duty of each and every Congressperson to make the Bharat Jodo Yatra even more impactful in the Northern Indian states,” he said.

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