On the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha UP unit unveiled the first ever bust of Nathuram Godse – Gandhi’s assassin
Explaining the reason behind it, Pandit Ashok Sharma, national vice president of the outfit, said, “In 2014, when we had tried to install the bust of Godse after a foundation stone laying ceremony. It was opposed by police and right-wing outfits.” However, Sharma said they took extreme caution this time.
The two-feet high and two-feet wide stone statue of Godse weighs 50 Kg and cost around Rs. 45,000
“The bust cost me Rs 45,000 and was brought from Jaipur to Meerut. I have put in all the money because I don’t see a point taking money from others for such a good cause,” Sharma told TOI.
The outfit, which observes Gandhi’s birthday as ‘Dhikkar Divas’, asks all Indians stop following Gandhi’s footsteps and start worshipping Godse.
“We unveiled the statue on Gandhi Jayanti – as there can be a no better day. Our step signifies that it is the time all Indians stop following Gandhi’s footsteps and start worshipping Godse,” Sharma said.
Further, the outfit members criticised surgical strikes of Indian Army post-Uri attacks and said that the Indian government wants to get rid of Gandhi’s principles.
“Do we follow Gandhian principles these days? The recent surgical strikes done by the Indian Army gives my answer. All of us follow Godse’s principles, but still praise and worship Gandhi. Had we been following Gandhi’s footsteps, surgical strikes would not have happened. I offer my condolences to the families of the soldiers who died in Uri attacks and pray that Indian Army keeps giving befitting replies to Pakistan just like they recently did,” said Sharma.