Rumors among MVA allies about Rahul’s comment on Savarkar | Latest News India

After his continued attacks on Vinayak Damodar Savarkar led to the Shiv Sena (UBT) threatening to withdraw from the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA), Congress leader Rahul Gandhi refrained from any mention of the Hindutva ideologue at his rally in Shegaon in the Buldhana district on Friday.

Earlier in the day, Congress leader and spokesman Jairam Ramesh called Sena MP and Saamana’s executive editor Sanjay Raut to clear the air.

“I had a long conversation with Sanjay Raut ji and I told him that Rahul Gandhi had expressed his opinion, and the same was the case with your leadership. It (criticism of Savarkar) has nothing to do with the MVA coalition, it is a matter of different perspectives, perspectives and approaches, and something which is also a fact,” Ramesh later told the media.

On Thursday, during the Maharashtra leg of his Kanyakumari to Kashmir Bharat Jodo Yatra, Gandhi had drafted a letter Savarkar had written to the British while serving time in Cellular Jail in Andaman asking for clemency and saying he would remain “obedient servant.”

Gandhi’s remarks criticizing Savarkar sparked a political controversy in Maharashtra with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the two Shiv Senas speaking in agreement to criticize him.

A new defamation case has also been filed against Gandhi and the state cabinet has passed a formal resolution condemning him for his remarks.

But perhaps it is Uddhav Thackeray who is in the most difficult situation. The Thackeray family has been a sworn admirer of Savarkar and his kind of Hindutva and just before Gandhi made his remarks, Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray had walked part of the way with him on the yatra.

On Thursday, it was left to Uddhav to backtrack a bit, saying he could not approve of Gandhi’s comments. With the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections slated for early next year, future ties with the Congress will be complicated.

Savarkar has long been a popular political figure in Maharashtra. Last year, Sharad Pawar, leader of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), had also said that it was difficult for the people of Maharashtra to oppose Savarkar, and unsurprisingly, even part of the Congress was said to be dissatisfied with the controversy. which was fueled by their leader.

However, Gandhi’s strategy is clear to highlight the ideological divide in the state and get people to take their side.

A leader of the state congress, unwilling to be quoted, said, “Although he (Gandhi) only quoted Savarkar’s letter, we do not know who advised him to raise the issue. Savarkar has nothing to do with ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ and bringing it up in Maharashtra made little sense and also put Uddhav Thackeray in an awkward situation.’

“Moreover, it has caused an unnecessary controversy when the Yatra has created such a buzz in the state,” the leader added.

Perhaps aware of the furor he had caused, Gandhi chose to limit his attacks on the Sangh parivar to the BJP during a massive show of force in Shegaon on Friday night.

“Is there anyone who has benefited after a fight with their family? If a family does not benefit from an internal struggle, how will the country, which is also a family of thousands of people, benefit? he said. On Friday, he was also accompanied part of the way by Tushar Gandhi, the great-grandson of Mahatma Gandhi.

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