CHENNAI: Estranged BJP ally and PMK founder S Ramadoss on Friday accused the Centre of covertly encouraging the efforts of Hindu Mahasabha to install the statues of Nathuram Godse, who assassinated Mahatma Gandhi and condemned the proposal as ‘anti-national’.
Ramadoss said “It was expected that plans for economic development will pick up momentum after Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister. But, Hindutva outfits are trying to implement their agenda with the covert support of the Union government”, he said in a statement here.
The general council meeting of Hindu Mahasabha, which met in Dindigul yesterday, had resolved to install Godse statues in all the 32 districts of the State. They had also asked the State government to allot land for the purpose and added that the statues would be installed at their offices,if no land was allocated. Installation of statues for leaders was done with an aim to encourage the youth to emulate them but what was the message the Hindutva outfits were trying to propagate through Godse statues, Ramadoss asked. It would amount to betrayal of the nation and would be a national shame, he asserted and asked the Central and State governments to nip such efforts in the bud.
Dravidar Kazhagam president K Veeramani said Godse was a member of the Hindu Mahasabha, established by Madhanmohan Malviya and opposed the awarding of Bharat Ratna to him.