Mumbai: Ramraje Nimbalkar, Chairman of Legislative Council Maharashtra directed the state Government on Sunday to stall the construction of a memorial of Mahatma Gandhi’s killer Nathuram Godse. The statue was supposed to be constructed in Sarpade Village close to Kalyan by the organization Hindu Mahasabha. Sanjay Dutt, Congress Party MLC has raised the issue with the Legislative Council of the state. The Maharashtra Government has assured it will stop the memorial from being built. Maharashtra Legislative Council witnessed huge debate on Sunday on the issue with opposition claiming an increase in such instances since the BJP has come to power – a charge they vehemently denied.
Sanjay Dutt laid the blame squarely on the BJP and PM Modi, stating that since coming to power the BJP has played divisive politics. He said the Party did not care about the ideals and teachings of the Father of our nation and is silent even as the ‘fascist forces’ which killed Mahatma Gandhi were rearing their heads again. He declared vehemently that the Congress Party would at all costs stand against the memorial, claiming that the memorial was a blot on the highly progressive Maharashtra. Dutt sought the support of other secular forces to stop the statue being built.
In response to remarks by Dutt, Revenue Minister and Leader of the House Chandrakanth Patil has stated that no such permission for the memorial was given by the Government. He looked to assuage tense protestors of the memorial by assuring that Government is taking all necessary steps to stop the statue from being constructed. He said an inquiry will soon be initiated on the matter and from there they will proceed likewise.
Nathuram Godse was arrested for shooting Mahatma Gandhi at point blank range on January 30th 1948 at Birla House (which is now Gandhi Smriti). Godse appeared out of the crowd and shot him three times, as Gandhi climbed steps behind the Birla House after conducting his routine multi-faith prayer meeting. While Godse was detained immediately, Gandhi was carried to his room at Birla House where doctors declared him dead. He could not survive the close-range continuous three shots fired at him.