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Siddaramaiah slams Centre for plans to confer Bharat Ratna on Savarkar

Siddaramaiah slams Centre for plans to confer Bharat Ratna on Savarkar


Mangalore Today News Network

Mangaluru, Oct 18, 2019:  Senior Congress leader and former chief minister Siddaramaiah has lashed out at the  BJP government at the Centre  for its plan to  confer Bharat Ratna on  Savarkar. "This is empty patriotism of the  prime minister," he said while  addressing Congress workers at the St Sebastian Church Auditorium on October 18,  Friday.

 

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Pointing out that Savarkar who was the Hindu Maha Sabha President was also accused of conspiring Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination but was acquitted by the court, Siddaramaiah said  neither the RSS nor the Hindu Maha Sabha men had participated in the freedom struggle. "Instead they had colluded with the British," he said and  added that he hoped the intelligent people of Mangaluru would not vote to power a party which wants Bharat Ratna for Savarkar.


 "The BJP  had lied to the people during the previous Lok Sabha and Assembly elections while the Congress  failed to  make people  understand the truth. The Congress workers should now take up the task of  highlighting the achievements of the party and fight unitedly," he said.


District Congress President and MLC Harish Kumar, former minister Ramanatha Rai, District Youth Congress Chief Mithun Rai, former minister UT Khader, MLC  Ivan D’Souza, Vinaykumar Sorake and other party leaders were present.


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