Saturday, Sep 26, 2020 | Last Update : 06:20 PM IST

186th Day Of Lockdown

Maharashtra130045899280634761 Andhra Pradesh6614585881695606 Tamil Nadu5693705138369148 Karnataka5572124503028417 Uttar Pradesh3785333136865450 Delhi2644502284365147 West Bengal2410592110204665 Odisha201059165432820 Telangana1816271501601080 Bihar175898161510881 Assam167374136712625 Kerala160935111327636 Gujarat1303911105923394 Rajasthan1247301042881412 Haryana1205781012731273 Madhya Pradesh117588932382152 Punjab107096840253134 Chhatisgarh9856566860777 Jharkhand7770964515661 Jammu and Kashmir69832495571105 Uttarakhand4533233642555 Goa3107125071386 Puducherry2548919781494 Tripura2412717464262 Himachal Pradesh136799526152 Chandigarh112128677145 Manipur9791760263 Arunachal Pradesh8649623014 Nagaland5768469311 Meghalaya5158334343 Sikkim2707199431 Mizoram178612880
  India   All India  22 Oct 2019  Abhishek Singhvi triggers new VD Savarkar row

Abhishek Singhvi triggers new VD Savarkar row

THE ASIAN AGE.
Published : Oct 22, 2019, 4:31 am IST
Updated : Oct 22, 2019, 4:31 am IST

Cong MP calls Hindu Mahasabha leader an ‘accomplished’ man.

Senior Congress leader Abhishek “Manu” Singhvi
 Senior Congress leader Abhishek “Manu” Singhvi

New Delhi: Wading into the ongoing debate over a Bharat Ratna for V.D. Savarkar, senior Congress leader Abhishek “Manu” Singhvi on Monday praised the Hindutva ideologue and said he was an “accomplished” man who fought for dalit rights and had taken part in the freedom struggle. Mr Singhvi’s comments came days after the BJP’s Maharashtra unit had proposed a Bharat Ratna for Mr Savarkar.

After this, former PM Manmohan Singh too had toned down the Congress’ stand against Savarkar, saying the party only opposes his Hindutva ideology. Referring to the Hindu Mahasabha leader with a reverential “Savarkar ji”, Dr Singh said former PM Indira Gandhi had issued a postal stamp in Savarkar’s memory. “(But) we are not in favour of the Hindutva ideology Savarkar ji patronised and stood for”.

 

Earlier, however, the Opposition parties had launched a scathing attack on the BJP over the Bharat Ratna demand for Savarkar, with the Congress itself saying Savarkar, while acquitted later, had faced criminal charges over the murder of Mahatma Gandhi.

On Monday, Mr Singhvi added, however, that he does not subscribe to Savarkar’s ideology. “I personally don’t subscribe to Savarkar’s ideology but that doesn’t take away the fact that he was an accomplished man”, who played a part in the freedom struggle, fought for dalit rights and went to jail for the country,” the Rajya Sabha MP, who was elected with Trinamul Congress support, tweeted with the hashtag “never forget”.

 

Mr Singhvi had earlier set off a controversy when he tweeted that the Congress Party shoud not needlessly criticise every move of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He had been supported by many leaders in the party, including his Rajya Sabha colleague Jairam Ramesh.

Tags: abhishek singhvi, vinayak damodar savarkar