Ban the booklet that defames Savarkar: Devendra Fadnavis to Uddhav Thackeray

MUMBAI: The BJP leader on Friday demanded that the Maharashtra prime minister ban a brochure distributed by Seva Dal that questions Vinayak Damodar Savarkar's credentials as a patriot.

The Hindi brochure, titled Veer Savarkar, Kitne 'Veer'? , was distributed in a camp of the organization affiliated to the Congress in Madhya Pradesh.

The book claimed that Savarkar, after his release from the Andaman Cell Prison, received a pension from the British, and that he and Mahatma Gandhi's killer, Nathuram Godse, had a physical relationship.

Fadnavis, former Prime Minister of Maharashtra, said Congress had exhibited his perverse psyche by circulating this booklet, which underlined his intellectual bankruptcy.

The BJP strongly condemns the brochure. Venerable Hinduhriday-samrat Shiv Sena Chief Balasaheb Thackeray would have been the first to react in his archetypal style (according to the pamphlet) if it had existed, he said, using the popular epithet of King of Hindu Hearts for the founder of Sena.

Today we cannot have that expectation, but we expect the prime minister to announce the immediate ban on the book, Fadnavis said in a series of tweets.

He also sought to know from the Shiv Sena which entered into unnatural alliance with such a bankrupt party (the Congress) if it will repeatedly entertain insults to its deity Savarkar for the sake of power.

The Seine formed an alliance with Congress and the PCN in Maharashtra after cutting ties with the BJP.

Earlier in the day, Shiv Sena MP had slammed the booklet.

He was a great man and will remain a great man. A section continues to speak against him. This shows the dirt in their minds, Raut said.

Last month, the mockery of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi that his name was not Rahul Savarkar and, therefore, would not apologize (for his comment on the rape) had irritated the Seine.