New Delhi Union minister Smriti Irani on Friday asked the Congress how long it would "insult the sacrifices" of Veer Savarkar and said the opposition party will have to give an answer to the people of Maharashtra and all patriots in the country.
"The Congress, which is one of the ruling parties in Maharashtra, will have to answer the Marathi people and all patriots in the country how long will it continue to insult the sacrifice of Veer Savarkar," Irani said at the Delhi BJP office.
She also asked why does the Congress consider its "birthright to humiliate" Veer Savarkar.
BJP general secretary Anil Jain also took a swipe at the Congress, saying that "the world knows various relationships of Congress leaders", but he does not want to throw such muck.
Nobody in the Congress suffered like Veer Savarkar, a Hindutva icon, Jain said and asked as to what low the opposition party has fallen to in attacking him. The Congress should answer about such an abhorrent comment made about Savarkar, he said.
"Except for a family nobody is worthy of respect for the Congress," Jain said while accusing the party of denigrating leaders like Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Bhim Rao Ambedkar and Savarkar.
After Ally's Potshot
In a turn of events, Shiv Sena that is in an alliance with Congress and Nationalist Congress Party in Maharashtra hit out at the grand-old party over the remark. "Veer Savarkar was a great man and will remain a great man. A section keeps talking against him. This shows the dirt in their mind," Sena leader Sanjay Raut said.
Following his comment, former union minister and BJP leader Uma Bharti questioned Maharashtra Chief Minister and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray about whether he would "tolerate" the insult to Veer Savarkar.
“I urge my brother Uddhav Thackeray to specify whether he would tolerate this insult to Veer Savarkar or he would throw Congress out of his government,” asked Bharti.
She further added, "The Congress is exhibiting it’s distorted and loathsome mentality.”
Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, commonly known as Veer Savarkar, was an Indian independence activist, politician, lawyer, writer, and the formulator of the Hindutva philosophy.
(With inputs from Vivek Trivedi)