LUCKNOW — Reaffirming and hailing the BJP’s Bhopal candidate Pragya Singh Thakur’s statement over Nathuram Godse calling “Nathuram Godse a patriot,” Hindu Mahasabha leaders celebrated his 109th birth anniversary by organising a ‘havan’ in Aligarh on Sunday.
Holding Sadhvi Pragya’s statement right, Mahasabha spokesman Ashok Pandey reiterated that Godse was a true patriot and not a terrorist. He said that Hindu Mahasabha used to organise ‘havan’ on his birth anniversary every year.
Referring to Pragya Singh Thakur’s apology tendered after her statement created furor, Pandey said that she had to apologize under political pressure while parties were dragging and defaming Godse into political discourse for electoral gains.
“We have prayed for his re-birth on this earth so that he could kill a person like Gandhi- who divided India,” said Pandey, adding that Godse was a true patriot and not a terrorist.
State vice president of Hindu Mahasabha Gajendra Pal Singh said that Godse will always remain a great leader for them. He said, “Godse’s temples and statues will be established across the country in coming days,” he added.
Hindu Mahasabha men also organised same event clebrating birth anniversary of Godse in Surat, according to reports.
“During the celebration, Hindu Mahasabha members lit up diyas around Godse’s photograph, exchanged sweets and sang hymns in the temple premise. They also recorded videos and took photographs of the event,” news agency PTI quoted Surat Police Commissioner Satish Sharma as saying, adding that “their act of revering Godse deeply hurt the sentiments of citizens. It was an attempt to incite people and disturb peaceful atmosphere”.
The event was organised within the premises of the Suryamukhi Hanuman temple in Limbyayat area of Surat on Sunday.
The activists in Surat, identified by the police as Hiren Mashru, Vala Bharwad, Viral Malvi, Hitesh Sonar, Yogesh Patel and Manish Kalal, were arrested subsequently under Sections 153 (provocation with an intent to cause riot), 153A (promoting enmity between different groups, doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony) and 153B (making assertions prejudicial to national-integration) of the Indian Penal Code, reports Times Now.
(with agency inputs)