Congress MP from Wayanad, Rahul Gandhi’s Savarkar jibe hasn’t gone down too well with the opposition, the BJP as well as the ally, Shiv Sena. The Bharatiya Janata Party has responded to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s refusal to apologise for his “rape in India” remark, and accused Gandhi-scion of practising “Muslim appeasement politics”, and said that he was a more suitable heir of Pakistan founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah.
“The more appropriate name for you Rahul Gandhi is Rahul Jinnah,” said BJP spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao. He added, “Your Muslim appeasement politics and mindset makes you a worthy legatee of Mohammad Ali Jinnah, not Savarkar,” he said. Gandhi, while addressing a rally in Delhi on Saturday had said that he is Rahul Gandhi, not Rahul Savarkar and hence will not apologise.
Savarkar jibe has also not gone down too well with the newly minted Congress ally Shiv Sena. As reported by Aaj Tak, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut has suggested that Congress leaders pass on some books and literature on Savarkar to Rahul Gandhi so that he can educate himself about the same. He said that Maharashtra Congress leaders should go to Delhi and give Rahul Gandhi a few books on Savarkar and also inform him on how Savarkar fought against the British for India’s independence.
Furious at Rahul Gandhi over his outrageous remark, Ranjit Savarkar, Vinayak Damodar Savarkar’s grandson, tore into the senior Congress leader saying that he should be beaten in public by the Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray for his offensive comment.
On Saturday, while addressing the Bharat Bachao rally, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi went on to attack the BJP for demanding an apology for his “rape in India” remark and said, “My name is Rahul Gandhi, not Rahul Savarkar. I will never apologise for speaking truth.”
He said, “I will die, but I will not apologise for speaking the truth. It is Narendra Modi and Amit Shah who have to apologise to the country for destroying India’s economy.” The Congress leader also alleged that the BJP and Prime Minister Modi have set the entire northeast region on fire.