Quit India speeches in House become ‘my party vs your party’

Sonia Gandhi, on the other hand, recalled that Quit India movement followed a resolution moved at the AICC session in Bombay on August 8, 1942. She said the resolution, moved by Nehru and backed by Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, had asked the British to quit India.

Written by Manoj C G , Liz Mathew | New Delhi | Updated: August 10, 2017 8:48 am
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A special discussion in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha Wednesday on the 75th anniversary of the launch of the Quit India Movement turned into a debate on ‘your icons vs my icons’ and ‘my party’s legacy in the freedom struggle vs your party’s legacy’.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, speaking in Lok Sabha, made no mention of the Congress — the Quit India movement was the result of a resolution passed at the Bombay session of the AICC on August 8, 1942 — or Jawaharlal Nehru. In Rajya Sabha, Defence and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who is the Leader of the House, did the same but while speaking on terror, he mentioned that a Prime Minister and a former Prime Minister were its victims. Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad, who spoke in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha respectively, repeatedly recalled the role of the Congress, inviting criticism from socialists and communists.

During his 30-minute speech in Lok Sabha, the Prime Minister recalled the roles of leaders at different stages of the freedom struggle. He mentioned Subhash Chandra Bose, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Jayaprakash Narayan, Ram Manohar Lohia, Chandrashekhar Azad, Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev.

Mahatma Gandhi and the other leaders had gone to jail and it was the time that a new leadership was born — Lal Bahadur Shastri, Ram Manohar Lohia, Jayaprakash Narayan and a number of young leaders filled that vacuum and took ahead the freedom struggle… we should always try and remember how such incidents have given a new hope, a new commitment and new wisdom to the people,” Modi said.

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said the Quit India resolution was moved on August 8, 1942 evening at a meeting at Bombay’s Gowalia Tank Maidan. The resolution was passed unanimously that same night. She did not mention that the resolution was passed at the AICC session. In her introductory remarks, Mahajan remembered Deen Dayal Upadhyaya and Veer Savarkar.

Sonia Gandhi, on the other hand, recalled that Quit India movement followed a resolution moved at the AICC session in Bombay on August 8, 1942. She said the resolution, moved by Nehru and backed by Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, had asked the British to quit India. “We should not forget that there were people and organisations which had opposed the Quit India movement and had played no in role in getting our country’s freedom,” she said.

In Rajya Sabha, Samajwadi Party’s Ram Gopal Yadav said Ghulam Nabi Azad had given the impression that the 1942 movement was that of the Congress alone. “It was not like that. It was a movement of everyone.” Referring to Ram Manohar Lohia, Jayaprakash Narayan, E M S Namboodiripad and A K Gopalan, he said “if their names are not mentioned… and if you want to forget history, then who will our future generations idolise.”

Concurring with Yadav, JD(U)’s Sharad Yadav said the freedom struggle may have been waged under the leadership of the Congress, but the Congress Socialist Party was within the Congress.

Not to be left behind, BSP’s Veer Singh said it was unfortunate that both Jaitley and Azad did not mention B R Ambedkar.

CPM’s Sitaram Yechury said the Communists had played a big role in the freedom movement. “The Communists were all there in the AICC,” he said, adding that the resolution for complete Independence was moved for the first time at the Ahmedabad session of the AICC on behalf of the Communist Party of India. “A K Gopalan hoisted the national flag in Vellore Jail in Tamil Nadu on August 15, 1947,” he said. Nana Patil, leader of the Satara independent government, was a member of the Communist Part of India, he said.

Talking about the National Herald daily, Ghulam Nabi Azad said Nehru used to write for the paper which he said was the mouthpiece of the freedom movement along with Young India and Harijan. “It is another matter that today we have to wage a battle for space for these papers,” he said.

Trinamool Congress’s Sukhendu Shekhar Roy said there were some “betrayers” like Mir Jafar (who betrayed Siraj ud-Daulah at the Battle of Plassey to become the next Nawab of Bengal) even then. “Even today, there are traitors like Mir Jafar in our country and that is why our brotherhood, our unity is in danger. Therefore, our leader Mamata Banerjee has today… will give a call and raise the slogan ‘BJP Quit India’. The BJP has adopted the divide and rule policy which the British followed,” he said.

His remarks were questioned by the treasury benches and Deputy Chairman P J Kurien intervened, saying “this is not the time for politics”.

Reflecting the divergence of views and ideas, the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha adopted differently worded resolutions. Opposition leaders in Rajya Sabha said they had modified the draft of the resolution given to them. The final resolutions read differently. The resolution adopted by the Rajya Sabha had the word “secular” as one of the ideals to cherish.

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  1. R
    Aug 10, 2017 at 2:49 pm
    RSS and Hindu Hard lines dominated BJP do not spread Communalism and do not try to divide people by religion, we all are Indian, we fight for Freedom from British, do not try to make india like Hand line Hindu religious bondage society like ISIS. Communalism is a chronic problem in India, Communalism attempts to build religious and ethnic iden ies and to incite strife among people of different communities. These smaller communities see themselves first of all as members of a particular group rather than a part of a larger community bound together by common interests. This problem has persisted in India for thousands of years, pitting people against one another, resulting in centuries-long grudges. People take vengeance upon others for ills real and imagined. Only God knows the millions of people who have died over the centuries through communal violence. real beauty of India Secularism. If RSS-BJP Govt. try to destroy Secularism you will give big cost. all Indian will suffer.
    1. M.n. Rao
      Aug 10, 2017 at 2:07 pm
      TMC should be extradited to BDesh.
      1. J
        Aug 10, 2017 at 12:06 pm
        It is well known fact About Rss wht to hide they loved their slavery under british rule..
        1. K
          Kamal Pasha
          Aug 10, 2017 at 11:58 am
          Modi must be forced to under go mental check up. He has created more problems. Borders are not secured, States are asking for separations, no jobs, demonstrations and he think himself more intelligent than every politician of India. ,
          1. S
            Aug 10, 2017 at 11:27 am
            We value Mr.Hamid Ansari's view about Muslims in India, but, for that Muslims are only sole responsible , this how is not aware ?? When he has decided to open this topic he should analyse, who is responsible for the situation ? In Pakistan Hindus are give such privilege like Muslims in India ???? Has he talked once at least ???? if not earlier at least now he should look in to this matter to safe guard Hindu minority in Pakistan. Mean while Mr.Ansari can guide the right path to people and get the fights to feel people easy, fear less and safe. India want Peace and Unity in Diversity. Jai Bharat...
            1. V
              Aug 10, 2017 at 11:50 am
              Ansari is an who doesn't know what he's talking. Let a Hindu become VP in Pak or better in Saudi and we will take Ansari seriously. A case of ungrateful ass.
              1. K
                Kamal Pasha
                Aug 10, 2017 at 11:59 am
                Vivek. : First you make Muslim PM of India.
              2. Paddy Singh
                Aug 10, 2017 at 12:50 pm
                Ansar could not talk earlier as he was a Vice President and not a politician. He can say what he wants now because he has been freed of the constraints of his office of VP. s like you don't realise that
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