The Hindu Mahasabha activists had organised the celebration in the premises of Suryamukhi Hanuman temple in Limbyayat area of city, following which they were arrested on Monday, said Surat Police Commissioner Satish Sharma.
Between the cultural nationalism of the BJP and the secular nationalism of the Congress, Godse has been a sore point from which the BJP and its parent Sangh have always tried to dissociate. The RSS was banned after the Mahatma’s assassination.
Later at night, Pragya Thakur released a video statement apologising for her “personal remark”. “I respect Mahatma Gandhi, his contribution to the country cannot be forgotten. If my statement has hurt anyone, I apologise for it,” she said.