New Delhi: V.T. Amidst the crisis in the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi alliance due to Rahul Gandhi’s harsh criticism of Savarkar, NCP chief Sarath Pawar has taken up the task of keeping the peace by conveying the Shiv Sena’s concern over the issue to the Congress leadership.
Opposition leaders said the Congress had agreed to tone down criticism of Savarkar that had led to unrest between its allies the NCP and the Shiv Sena in Maharashtra.
Mr Pawar raised the issue at a meeting of opposition leaders convened by Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge on Monday evening and made it clear that targeting Savarkar, a revered figure in Maharashtra, would not help the opposition alliance in the state. told PTI.
Opposition leaders including former Congress presidents Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi attended the meeting.
Telling Rahul Gandhi that Savarkar was never a member of the RSS, Mr Pawar underlined that the opposition’s real fight was with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP.
As the BJP stepped up its attack on Rahul Gandhi and apologized for “defaming” India during his recent tour to England, the former Lok Sabha member from Wayanad had said he was not Savarkar and would not apologise.
Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has condemned Mr Gandhi for attacking Savarkar and said his organization would not tolerate any insult to the freedom fighter.
The Thackeray wing of the Shiv Sena boycotted a meeting convened by Mr Kharge to protest against Rahul Gandhi’s comments targeting Savarkar.
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