Congress Rajya Sabha MP Hussain Dalwai on Thursday strongly condemned the alleged efforts to “glorify” Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse and demanded arrest of those involved in such exercise.
“A person who has created an example of non-violence in the world and whom we called Father of the Nation was killed by Nathuram Godse,” Dalwai said outside Parliament.
“Now some people are observing Nathuram Godse Shourya Diwas on November 15. It is absolutely wrong and the government should arrest them. Why is the government silent on the issue?” he asked.
Dalwai said he has written to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis demanding action against persons involved in “glorifying” Godse.
“Gandhi is accepted by people from all walks of lives including workers, peasants, dalit and women. I have written a letter to the state Chief Minister demanding action against these people,” he said.
Earlier in the day, Rajya Sabha witnessed uproarious scenes with members from Congress lodging strong protest against eulogising of Godse at a function held in Maharashtra earlier this month.
Under attack from the opposition members, Government disapproved of any such event hailing Mahatma Gandhi’s killer
but said no organisation should be defamed.
The Upper House saw two brief adjournments over the issue as Congress members protested holding placards in the aisles and raising slogans, while charging right-wing organisations with lending their support to it.
Raising the issue during Zero Hour, Dalwai (Cong) said he has written to Maharashtra Chief Minister over hosting the event attended by some religious leaders and former MLAs.
“Mahatma Gandhi’s killer is being eulogised by hosting his ‘Shaurya Diwas’ in Maharashtra…These people talk of development, but are trying to create a rift in society,” he said, accusing the right-wing organisations of indulging in such things, including religious conversions that created tension in society.
Congress members created uproar over the issue and raised slogans while displaying placards of the event, even as Deputy Chairman P J Kurien tried to pacify the agitating members, asking them to take their seats and maintain peace.
“Don’t make use of Zero Hour for this kind of display. This is gross indiscipline…To decide the culpability or otherwise, the courts are there, not me or you,” Kurien said.
Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said, “This is not acceptable. Mahatma Gandhi’s killer, whosoever it may be, we are against it…We do not accept any honour of Mahatma Gandhi’s killers.”
As members continued their protest and the House witnessed acrimonious exchanges between both sides, Kurien adjourned the proceedings for 10 minutes just before noon. But, similar scenes were witnessed when the House met at noon, forcing the Chair to adjourn it again for 15 minutes.
When the House reassembled, Anand Sharma (Cong) said, “It is not acceptable that some one eulogises him. I hope neither the House nor the Parliamentary Affairs Minister will approve of such an action. Let the House speak in one voice and condemn it.”
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu said, “There is no question of eulogising such a person. We should leave the matter there, but defaming an organisation is not acceptable.” It was after this that normal proceedings resumed.