A BJP leader from Andhra Pradesh pays homage in a tweet to Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse, describing him as “the true and one of the greatest patriots ever born in Bharatbhoomi”.
But after the tweet came under immense criticism, Rameshnaidu Nagothu deleted the tweet. Check out the tweet here:
In another tweet that was in Telugu, Nagothu tried clarifying that the “objectionable” post was made by someone who handled his Twitter handled. Their services have been terminated, he said.
నా ట్విట్టర్ ను handle చేస్తున్నవారు అభ్యన్తరకరమైన post పెట్టారు దానిని , వారి సేవలను తొలగించడమైనది 🙏
— Rameshnaidu Nagothu (@RNagothu) November 15, 2020
According to The News Minute, Nagothu is the Andhra Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) state president.
Further, many BJP leaders recently have also expressed a similar opinion that Godse is a ‘patriot’, particularly Bhopal MP Pragya Thakur. Before the 2019 general elections, she had mentioned that Godse was and shall remain a patriot.
In 2017, Alt News published an article where it was clearly stated that the Twitter accounts that PM Narendra Modi follows, many of them are self-proclaimed ‘fans’ of Godse.
Meanwhile, on Sunday, the Hindu Mahasabha observed the 71st death anniversary of Godse and Narayan Apte. Narayan Apte is said to be the co-conspirator in the killing of Gandhi.
On November 15, 1949 Godse and Apte were hanged to death at Ambala Jail. They were convicted for killing Gandhi. Every year on November 15, Hindu Mahasabha observes their death anniversary as the ‘sacrifice day’, according to news agency PTI.
Jaiveer Bhardwaj, the vice president of Hindu Mahasabha said, “Our members performed ‘aarti’ and paid tributes to Godse and Apte at Daulatganj.”
He further added it was not a crime to install bust in a private building and the constitution guarantees its ‘puja’ (worship).
In 2017, the district authorities impounded the bust of Godse. It was clearly an attempt to stop the right-wing group to convert its office into his ‘temple’.