MUMBAI

BJP distorting history to hide black past: Chavan

Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee president Ashok Chavan on Tuesday accused the BJP of trying to erase the country’s tallest leaders from history to hide its own “black past”, adding that BJP leaders needed “psychiatric treatment”.

He was reacting to reports that the State Education Department has decided to buy over one lakh books on Prime Minister Narendra Modi as extra reading for students. The books will be handed over to students by the end of the month.

“The BJP is taking such decisions out of sheer intellectual frustration and hatred. Their own organisation has a black history. BJP leaders need psychiatric treatment,” Mr. Chavan said.

In a dig at Education Minister Vinod Tawde, Mr. Chavan said the decision to purchase more books about Mr. Modi than about leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Mahatma Phule and B.R. Ambedkar was a “ vinod (joke)”.

“The government has tried to remove names of leaders who sacrificed for the country, and is spending money on the books of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya, who made no contribution to the country,” he said. Mr. Chavan said the party had earlier removed a picture of Mahatma Gandhi from the Khadi and Gram Udyog calendar and replaced it Mr. Modi’s.

He accused the BJP of interfering in the education sector to propagate its own version of history, including a deliberate attempt to suggest that there was a rift between Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.