Samajwadi Party MP Beni Prasad Verma Saturday said that sweets were distributed at RSS headquarters in Nagpur after the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi in 1948. His remarks come days after Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi told the Supreme Court that he stood by his remark that “RSS people” killed Gandhi.
“Sweets were distributed at the RSS headquarters after assassination of Mahatma Gandhi… When Mahatma was assassinated, its workers were told in advance to keep their radio sets on, for they will get to hear good news…,” Verma told the media at a programme in Bardari village in Barabanki, Friday.
The former Union minister also claimed that after the assassination, police had arrested a youth linked to the RSS who admitted that Sangh workers were asked to keep their radio sets on at noon that day so they could hear the “good news”.
Verma, however, told The Sunday Express that he had made the remarks on the basis of a book he read at the library of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly.
Verma further clarified that he was not blaming the RSS for Gandhi’s assassination “because the assassin, Nathuram Godse, was affiliated to the Hindu Mahasabha”.
The remarks by the 75-year-old leader, who returned to SP recently after “feeling suffocated” in the Congress, come close on the heels of an RSS functionary filing a defamation case against Rahul for his comments.