Congress Members Protest against ABHM for its Mockery to Effigy of Mahatma Gandhi
Congress Members Protest against Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha (ABHM) for making Mockery to Effigy of Mahatma Gandhi, by using a pistol to shoot at the effigy. The ABHM had also garlanded the statue of Nathuram Godse (who shot Gandhi) in Uttar Pradesh.
Mangaluru: The Congress members on Monday, 4 February 2019 held a protest in front of the Congress District Office near Mallikatte, Mangaluru, raising their voices against Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha for using a pistol to shoot the effigy of Mahatma Gandhi on 30 January 2019. They also condemned the ABHM for garlanding the statue of Nathuram Godsein Uttar Pradesh.
A woman member of the Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha in Uttar Pradesh,
using a pistol to shoot at an effigy of Gandhiji.
Addressing the gathering Harish Kumar – Dakshina Kannada District Congress Committee President said “In a shocking incident on 30 January, when the nation commemorated the 71st anniversary of Gandhi’s assassination, the members of the Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha in Uttar Pradesh, used a pistol to shoot at an effigy of Gandhiji, distributed sweets and garlanded the statue of Nathuram Godse, Gandhiji’s assassin who was a member of Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha. The group also burnt the effigy of Mahatma Gandhi and shouted pro-Godse slogans like “Mahatma Godse Zindabad” etc, We are condemning the reprehensible actions of Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha in the BJP-ruled Uttar Pradesh”.
Holding the BJP responsible for such ‘reprehensible’ acts, Kumar said, “Such incidents show the deep hatred that the people of the Right Wing have for Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation, and one who gave us freedom from the hands of British. These provocative and reprehensible actions, happening in the BJP ruled States take place with the candid and clandestine support given by the ruling party and the same reveals the deep hatred still carried by the right-wing groups against the father of the Nation and his ideas of Secularism, Ahimsa and Brotherhood,”.
“To register our strong protest against this highly condemnable act, we are holding this protest today to show our solidarity towards Mahatma Gandhi and also to send a message that such kind of instances should no happen, and no disrespect should be shown against Mahatma Gandhi. Even though after the video of the event went viral, the Uttar Pradesh Police had registered cases against 13 persons, including a woman leader of Hindu Mahasabha, in Aligarh for firing at an effigy of Mahatma Gandhi with an air pistol, we are asking that serious action and punishment should be given to these culprits” added Kumar.
Former Minister Ramanath Rai, MLC Ivan D’souza, Youth Congress president Mithun Rai. former MCC Mayor Sashidhar Hegde, many Congress leaders and corporators joined in the protest.