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‘Father of Nation’ title to Gandhi unwarranted, says VHP leader

The VHP also announced that it would launch a movement for renaming Aligarh as ‘Harigarh’ which, it claimed, was the city’s original name.

Two months after BJP MP from Unnao Sakshi Maharaj sparked a row by terming Nathuram Godse a patriot,  VHP leader Sadhvi Prachi Arya has courted a fresh controversy saying: “The title of the Father of Nation to Gandhi was unwarranted because the true sacrifice for attaining freedom was carried out by others. The credit for India’s independence was wrongly attributed to Gandhi when it should have been given to Vir Savarkar and Bhagat Singh.”

Addressing a convention organised by VHP at the Ramleela Grounds Monday night, the Sadhvi said the ‘ghar  wapsi’ (religious re-conversion) programme will continue till the 15 crore people who, she claimed, have left the Hindu fold post Independence, are “reconverted to Hinduism”. The VHP also announced that it would launch a movement for renaming Aligarh as ‘Harigarh’ which, it claimed, was the city’s original name.

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