RAJASTHAN GOVERNOR’S RSS REMARK SPARKS UPROAR

The proceedings in the Rajasthan Assembly were stalled for several days with the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party taking strong exception to the recent controversial remarks of Governor S. K. Singh accusing Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh of having a “direct role” in the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. Mr. Singh on January 4 stated at a seminar on…

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The proceedings in the Rajasthan Assembly were stalled for several days with the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party taking strong exception to the recent controversial remarks of Governor S. K. Singh accusing Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh of having a “direct role” in the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. Mr. Singh on January 4 stated at a seminar on “Gandhi in times of terror” that though terror had failed to scare Gandhiji, the Mahatma himself fell prey to it. He said Nathuram Godse, an RSS member, killed Gandhiji because he was in favour of providing Rs.85 crore to Pakistan at the time of Partition. Infuriated at the charge, the BJP MLAs disrupted the proceedings as soon as the House met on January 6 and created an uproar demanding immediate dismissal of Mr. Singh. Speaker Dipendra Singh Shekhawat’s repeated pleas that the Governor’s conduct could not be discussed in the House failed to cut ice with the BJP, which charged that Mr. Singh had distorted historic facts and wrongly tried to link RSS with Mahatma Gandhi’s murder.