BJP chief Amit Shah slammed Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi Sunday over the JNU row and his recent “Gandhi is ours, Savarkar yours” remark.
Addressing a farmers’ rally in a Surat village, Shah said: “Rahul Gandhi supported those who raised (alleged anti-national) slogans in JNU… Now, the Congress and Rahul Gandhi are targeting Veer Savarkar. Rahulji told BJP in Parliament that Savarkar is ours (BJP’s). We want to tell him that we are honoured to be called followers of Savarkar…he was sentenced to life imprisonment by the British. He jumped into the sea, escaping from the clutches of British soldiers and swam for 10 km, and fought for Independence.
“Your (Rahul’s) grandmother Indira Gandhi had donated Rs 11,000 from her savings to Savarkar Pratisthan. You don’t know about this,” he said.
Rahul had made a reference to Savarkar in Lok Sabha earlier this month, telling the treasury benches, “We have Gandhi, you have Savarkar.” As BJP members demonstrated, he said, “I just said Gandhi is ours and Savarkar yours. Did I say something wrong? Isn’t Savarkar yours? Have you dumped him? If you have, you have done a good thing.”
In his 20-minute speech, Shah also attacked Congress MP Shashi Tharoor for allegedly drawing a parallel between Bhagat Singh and JNU Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar: “You are now comparing Bhagat Singh to Kanhaiya Kumar? You are insulting Bhagat Singh and Savarkar… We want to tell you that Savarkar is indeed ours,” said Shah.