K Sudhakaran, head of the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC), said on Monday that India’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, was a great leader who had shown his “magnanimity” to include RSS leader Shyama Prasad Mukherjee in his cabinet. , which drew sharp criticism from major congressional partner Muslim League (IUML) and the ruling CPI(M). Mr Sudhakaran made the remarks while addressing a children’s day program organized by the Kannur DCC to celebrate Nehru’s birthday, days after his revelation that he had protected RSS shakhas decades ago, much to the chagrin of the Muslim League.
“The generous gesture he (Nehru) made to include Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, an RSS leader, in his cabinet; his magnanimity in joining the common fascism… the leader who showed the nation the great values of democracy showed… learn a lot from Nehru, we have to understand a lot from him, you have to read and get to know him to know his mind,” the KPCC chief said.
Mr Sudhakaran also said that Nehru gave the responsibility for making the constitution to Dr BR Ambedkar who was not a congressional leader.
Nehru also made Ambedkar the Minister of Law in his government. Mukherjee was inaugurated as Minister of Industry and Supply by Nehru in the interim government he formed after independence. Mukherjee resigned from the government in 1951 and founded Bharatiya Jana Sangh, the political wing of RSS. He was the founder president of Jana Sangh, who is considered the earlier avatar of the BJP.
While senior IUML leader MK Muneer criticized Mr Sudhakaran for his comments and accused him of trying to “provoke many and please the fascists”, the ruling CPI(M) and Prime Minister Pinarayi Vijayan criticized the KPCC chief in separate statements. , claiming that he tried to hold the congress in the tent of the Sangh Parivar. “If Sudhakaran has made such comments, it is certain that he has not read history in its entirety,” Muneer told reporters in Kozhikode.
He said Nehru’s first election victory was against fascist forces such as the Hindu Maha Sabha.
Mr Muneer, who was also a minister in the previous Congress-led UDF governments, said a meeting of the IUML leaders will be held on November 16 and the issues raised by Mr Sudhakaran could also be discussed. discussed.
Angered by the lord’s comments, the IUML leader also claimed that Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who participates in the Bharat Jodo Yatra, has made it clear that those congressmen who have pro-RSS thinking should leave the party.
Mr Vijayan accused the KPCC chief of trying to “whitewash” the RSS that also on Children’s Day when the country commemorates Jawaharlal Nehru, and tried to know why he is making such an effort.
Greeting Nehru as a true secular leader, the Marxist veteran said that in a letter sent to the Chief Ministers on December 7, 1947, Nehru had explained the nature of the danger posed by the RSS. In another letter, he had warned not to fall for claims that the RSS was not a political organization, he said.
He claimed that Congress had always had communists and RSS supporters like Mr Sudhakaran’s.
Mr Vijayan claimed that Mukherjee had been appointed as a minister and succumbed to the pressure exerted by such people in the Congress.
By Shyama Prasad Mukherjee and Dr. Ambedkar, Sudhakaran not only distorted history but also insulted Dr. Ambdekar, according to the CM.
In a statement, the CPI(M) Secretariat of State urged the National Congress leadership and the UDF to clarify their position on Mr Sudhakaran’s comments.
Recently, he had also openly stated that he had protected the RSS shakhas. Instead of correcting such pro-RSS positions, Sudhakaran tries again to justify his position by even portraying Jawaharlal Nehru as a leader who formed an alliance with common fascist forces.” , claimed the CPI(M).
Earlier in the day, the Muslim League expressed reservations about Mr Sudhakaran’s disclosure that he had given “protection” to RSS shakhas decades ago.
Mr Muneer said that given the differing views within Congress on various issues related to the left front, a high-level meeting of UDF should be held to discuss such matters and then come out with a common position.
Mr Muneer said his party expects Congress to hold an internal discussion about what Mr Sudhakaran has said and the reasons he has given for his actions.
“Therefore, any action to be taken in this regard (statement by Mr. Sudhakaran) is by Congress,” said Mr. Muneer.
He also made it clear that there was “no doubt” that “there should be no movement whatsoever to legitimize the RSS by word or deed”.
Sudhakaran recently caused controversy by saying that when he was a member of Congress (Organization) decades ago, he had sent his men to “provide protection” to some RSS shakhas in the state.
Speaking at a meeting in Kannur, he said that the CPI(M) had tried to destroy the shakhas when it was launched here in places like Edakkad, Thottada and Kizhunna, and had sent people to “protect” it from being destroyed by leftist cadres.
Congress (Organization) came into existence after the split of the Indian National Congress in 1969. The Congress (O) later merged with the Janata Party.
Sudhakaran had also clarified that his actions at the time were not because of ties to right-wing outfits, but guided by his belief that all parties, including the RSS, have the right to function in a democratic country.
(This story was not edited by NewsMadura staff and was generated automatically from a syndicated feed.)
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