Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha members have demanded the removal of Mahatama Gandhi’s image from the new currency and use the images of Nathuram Godse instead.
The move comes in the wake of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes and the government launching new notes in the country.
The mahasabha had earlier urged the PM to stop universities and colleges from teaching students that Mahatama Gandhi is “father of the nation” when the same has not been done officially by the government.
However, in 2014, a Reserve Bank of India (RBI) panel has decided against the inclusion of any other national leader’s image on banknotes saying that no other personality could better represent the ethos of the country than Mahatma Gandhi.
On the advice of the government, RBI had in October 2010 constituted a Committee for designing future currency notes.
Godse had shot dead Mahatma on January 30, 1948. Hindu Mahasabha observes this day as ‘Shaurya Divas.’
Godse was hanged on November 15, 1949 following his conviction in the killing of Gandhi.