BJP will soon announce Savarkar as Father of the Nation: OIC

Hyderabad: The AIMIM leader lashed out at Defense Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday for saying that Savarkar had apologized to the British on Gandhiji’s instructions. He mocked that the BJP would soon declare Vinayak Damodar Savarkar the ‘Father of the Nation’. “They (BJP) are distorting history. If this continues, they will replace Mahatma Gandhi with Savarkar, who was declared by Judge Jeevan Lal Kapoor as the father of the nation.” Owaisi said in an interview with the ANI news agency.

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Hours earlier, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh had said that Savarkar had apologized to the British on Mahatma Gandhi’s instructions. He spoke at the book launch Veer Savarkar: The Man Who Could Have Prevented Partition.

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Although Savarkar had the right to apologize, the apology was granted at Gandhiji’s suggestion that Savarkar should participate in the fight for freedom. Some call Savarkar a Nazi, but Rajnath Singh said he was a staunch nationalist. The OCI scoffed after the Union Minister’s words were discussed.

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