November 16, 2015

India: Good to see the pretty reactionary Aam Aadmi Party take pot shots at the Hindutva formations over posters glorifying Nathuram Godse - the assassin of Gandhi

The Hindu
NEW DELHI, November 16, 2015

AAP flays BJP, police over Godse posters

Jatin Anand

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) lashed out at what it termed was the 'glorification of Nathuram Godse', the assassin of Mahatma Gandhi, by a right-wing fringe organisation by putting up posters across several locations in Delhi.

Demanding the registration of a criminal case against those who put up the said posters across several locations in the Capital in the wake of a recent raid by the Delhi Police at the Kerala House which was deemed 'illegal' by the Delhi government's Animal Husbandry Department, the party claimed the posters were 'clearly aimed at disrupting communal harmony and peace in the national Capital.' In a statement issued on Sunday evening, AAP also flayed the fringe organisation for putting up posters to highlight the shameful deed of one of its activists, who had tried to create communal tension by spreading rumours about Kerala House.

It is beyond any reasonable understanding that how an individual or an organisation can make a nonsensical public statement about glorifying the role of Godse and can get away with it. Not only has the role of Nathuram Godse been glorified in posters of Hindu Mahasabha, the name of the individual who spread baseless and false rumours about food (read beef) served at the Kerala House has also been mentioned, the party said.

Targeting the Delhi Police, which is under the Home Ministry, the party said the 'impartiality of Delhi Police is under test in the eyes of the public and it must act without any delay against such nefarious elements.'

The AAP government has been at loggerheads with the Delhi Police, as it falls under the jurisdiction of the Home Ministry and the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi.

The party said that the activities of Hindu Mahasabha, which operates from the heart of New Delhi, needs to be immediately curbed, adding that “absurd” statements from organisations, such as Hindu Mahasabha 'have been on the rise since the BJP came to power at the Centre in May last year'.