Nagpur: The President of the Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC), Nana Patole, has stirred up controversy by blaming Vinayak Damodar Savarkar for “starting the Hindu-Muslim dispute”. Patole made the statement on Monday, alleging that Savarkar’s theory of binationalism led to the Partition and that he created a toxic atmosphere in the country.
Patole cited Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s statement that Mahatma Gandhi was killed because of the atmosphere created by Savarkar. He clarified that the Congress party’s stance on Savarkar was clear from the beginning, but there were differences of opinion with the Shiv Sena (UBT).
Patole emphasized that the Congress party did not hate any religion or person and advocated interfaith equality. He further stated that the Congress party and its allies, including the Shiv Sena (UBT) and the Nationalist Congress Party, would fight unitedly against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to save democracy and the Constitution.
According to Patole, the BJP and the Modi government have no answers to the burning questions of the people, which is why they are raising issues like Savarkar and running away from their responsibilities.