December 5, 2023

The Maharashtra Congress on Friday sought the arrest of radical Hindutva chief Sambhaji Bhide, whose title was linked to the 2018 Bhima-Koregaon clashes, after the latter allegedly made a press release questioning the parentage of Mahatma Gandhi. The Hindutva chief’s remarks provoked the ire of the Congress within the Meeting right this moment.

Talking within the Legislative Meeting, senior Congress chief and former Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan demanded Bhide’s arrest for the latter’s “shameless” remarks in opposition to the daddy of the nation at occasion in Amravati district. There, Bhide had claimed, “It’s stated that Mahatma Gandhi’s title is Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, however Karamchand Gandhi was not Mahatma Gandhi’s father. A Muslim landlord was his actual father…. Karamchand, whereas working for a Muslim landlord, had defrauded the person and had run away. The Muslim landlord in anger had then forcefully introduced Karamchand’s spouse to his own residence,” Bhide had stated.

“In Amravati, Sambhaji Bhide made a shameless and derogatory comment in opposition to the daddy of the nation, calculated to unfold hatred and divisiveness in society. This individual have to be arrested instantly. How can he roam free after making derogatory remarks about Mahatma Gandhi?” Mr. Chavan stated within the Meeting.

Observing that Bhide had been making controversial remarks designed to worsen social tensions for a number of years now, the Congress chief demanded Bhide be instantly booked below part 153A (selling enmity between completely different teams on grounds of faith, race, language, and many others.) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Speaker Rahul Narwekar instructed the State authorities to take acceptable motion on the problem raised by Mr. Chavan. Whereas Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde stated the federal government will look into the assertion made by Bhide earlier than taking any motion, the Congress legislators demanded Bhide be booked instantly.

Chatting with reporters later, State Congress chief Nana Patole stated that Bhide was “a puppet of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Social gathering (BJP)…. The way through which he [Bhide] has made statements about nice personages like Mahatma Jyotirao and Savitribai Phule and Babasaheb Ambedkar is appaling. If the State authorities doesn’t act quickly, we’ll escalate the matter within the Meeting subsequent week,” Mr. Patole stated.

Bhide, who heads the perimeter Sangli-based outfit Shiv Pratishthan Hindustan, had been related to the Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) up to now, which he left to discovered his personal outfit within the Eighties.

Amongst his fervent admirers embrace Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, each of whom regard him as an exemplar of austerity and an inspirational instructor.

FIRs had been lodged in opposition to Bhide and fellow Hindutva chief Milind Ekbote, who’s the chief president of the perimeter Hindutva outfit Samasta Hindu Aghadi, within the fast aftermath of the Bhima-Koregaon riots of January 1, 2018.

Regardless of being named within the FIR, probe companies haven’t but totally investigated Bhide for his position in inciting the clashes.

In June 2018, Bhide had courted controversy but once more after claiming that mangoes from his farm had allegedly cured impotency, prompting a storm of criticism from political events and rationalist organisations.