AAP asks BJP to clarify its stand on Godse bust

‘It is shocking that the Mahasabha is openly displaying the bust of Godse at its office in Central Delhi’

Updated - April 07, 2016 05:31 am IST

Published - December 22, 2014 09:23 am IST - NEW DELHI:

The Aam Aadmi Party has challenged the Bharatiya Janata Party to come clean on whether it endorses Hindu Mahasabha’s plans to install Nathuram Godse’s busts in Delhi and other parts of the country.

In a statement issued on Sunday, the party said the BJP must reveal whether it had made any such promise before the Lok Sabha elections to get the support of extreme Right-wing groups such as the Mahasabha.

“It is shocking that the Hindu Mahasabha is openly displaying the bust of the assassin of the father of the nation at its office in Central Delhi and a blind eye is being deliberately turned to such a dangerous development,” said the statement.

Attacking the BJP on the issue, a party spokesperson said the reluctance of the Central Government or even top BJP leaders to condemn the utterances of these hardline groups “gave rise to strong apprehensions that they have the silent consent of the ruling party to go ahead with their nefarious designs”.

The release also said the Mahasabha’s statement that after coming to power at the centre, the BJP was now dilly dallying on its nod to install the busts of Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin and asked whether it was true.

“We also want the BJP to clarify whether they share the Hindu Mahasabha’s assessment that Nathuram Godse was a nationalist and if not, why is the Union Home Ministry not taking any action against the organisation,” the spokesperson added.

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