Mumbai, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s controversial remarks on Vinayak Damodar alias Veer Savarkar escalated into a big controversy, earning the ire of friends and foes alike, here on Saturday.
Slamming Gandhi, Ranjit Savarkar, the grandson of Veer Savarkar, said: “Thank God his name is not Rahul Savarkar, or else we would have had to blacken our own faces.”
“He alleged that Veer Savarkar apologised, but actually he only agreed to certain conditions to secure his release, and this is known to the whole world. Veer Savarkar never indulged in the kind of submissive behaviour that Jawaharlal Nehru showed before the British even after Independence,” Ranjit Savarkar said.
He also attacked the Congress, saying it is no longer the party of freedom struggle but was reduced to a slave of a dynasty.
Later, speaking to a private TV channel, he expressed hope that the Congress’ ally in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena, would beat him (Gandhi) up with ‘shoes’ for the insult meted out to his grandfather...