Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has again landed up in a controversy as a complaint has been filed against him for allegedly making “derogatory remarks” against freedom fighter VD Savarkar during the Bharat Jodo Yatra.
The complaint was filed by Balasahebanchi Shiv Sena leader Vandana Dongre on Thursday in the Thane Nagar police station highlighting that the sentiments of the local citizens were hurt by Gandhi’s remarks. A case of Non-Cognizable (NCR) Offense has been registered under section 500, 501 of IPC.
Rahul Gandhi, during a press conference in Maharashtra’s Akola on Thursday, had argued that Savarkar betrayed leaders like M.K Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Patel by writing a letter of apology to the British before independence.
“Veer Savarkar, in a letter written to the British, wrote “Sir, I beg to remain your most obedient servant” and signed on it. Savarkar helped the British. He betrayed leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Patel by signing the letter out of fear,” Rahul had alleged.
Filing a complaint against Gandhi for his remarks, the Balasahebanchi Shiv Sena leader, who is also the party’s Mahila Aghadi head, ponted out that she will not tolerate the “defamation of our great men”.
“Rahul Gandhi during the Bharat Jodo Yatra made a statement defaming the freedom fighter Savarkar and due to this the sentiments of the local citizens have been hurt,” Dongre said.
“We will not tolerate the defamation of our great men in the soil of Maharashtra,” she added.
Balasaheb’s Shiv Sena party also organised a protest march on Thursday in Thane to protest against Rahul Gandhi’s remarks.
Earlier, even on Tuesday, Rahul attended a tribal convention during the ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ at Hingoli in Maharashtra on the occasion of ‘Janjatiya Gaurav Diwas’. Even at this function, Rahul hit out at Savarkar claiming that the saffron ideologue took a pension from the British government in lieu of working against the Congress.