Siddaramaiah criticizes non-inclusion of Nehru in K'taka govt ad

07:34 PM Aug 14, 2022 | PTI |

Bengaluru: Taking strong exception to the non-inclusion of former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in the list of freedom fighters in the Karnataka government advertisement published in media on Sunday, senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah slammed the BJP-led dispensation in the state and called Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai an ”RSS slave”.


In a series of tweets, Siddaramaiah, who is the Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly, even attacked V D Savarkar, who was included in the advertisement, accusing him of pleading with British officials and acting as their ”stooge” for his survival.

However, hitting back, ruling BJP said Nehru was left out ”intentionally” as he was responsible for the partition of the country.

Targetting Bommai, Siddaramaiah said, ”When we thought slavery ended with the British gone, CM of Karnataka Bommai proved everyone wrong by showing that he is still a slave to RSS. Not including Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in the list of freedom fighters in today’s govt ad shows how low a CM can go to save his chair.”

He said Bommai should remember that Nehru wrote letters and books to inspire people to participate in the freedom movement while he was jailed by the British for 9 years. ”Looks like RSS is sad that Nehru did not write apology and mercy petitions to British like Savarkar.”


”By omitting Nehru from the list of freedom fighters, Bommai has humiliated the entire nation in front of the world. Slow claps for Bommai for giving an opportunity to the rest of the world to mock India,” he said urging the CM to apologize to the entire nation.

The advertisement by the state government as part of 75th Independence Day celebrations, highlights the contributions and sacrifices of some prominent freedom icons both at the national level and in the state.

Further alleging that RSS has hatred towards Nehru, because he had vociferously opposed it’s communalism, its support to murder Mahatma Gandhi, and had banned it, Siddaramaiah asked ”But, what is wrong with you? Mr Bommai?”

”Bommai govt’s ad clearly shows that RSS does not have anyone from its organisation to show as freedom fighters, other than Savarkar who pleaded with British officials and acted as their stooge for his survival. This display of insecurity has exposed the true role of RSS in the freedom movement,” he said.

Pointing to the arrangement of pictures of national icons in the advertisement, Siddaramaiah said, ”Savarkar, who pleaded with British officers to get himself released from the jail, gets a position in the front row. But, Baba Saheb (Ambedkar), who fought for freedom by being the voice of marginalised sections, gets placed in the last row. Blatant display of untouchability by Karnataka BJP. Sad.”

State Congress president D K Shivakumar too charged the government with trying to distort history, and said he did not expect it from Bommai.

”Is it a humiliation to you Mr CM to include Nehru? You can’t change history. Other than being in jail, giving away his (Nehru) property, he was the first Prime Minister during whose tenure the Constitution and national flag came. He has given everything. I don’t know why you are doing it. This is not Karnataka’s culture,” he said.

Shivakumar even wrote to CM Bommai in this regard, asking him to apologise for the mistake and ”restore the historic truth”. State BJP General Secretary N Ravi Kumar said, ”We have left out (Nehru) intentionally. When we are observing Partition Horrors Remembrance Day today on the call given by our Prime Minister, then what is the meaning in using his photograph?”

Alleging that Nehru did not heed to Mahatma Gandhi’s stand of dissolving Congress after independence, he said, ”Nehru was a person who did not heed to Gandhi, and was responsible for the participation of the country which also saw a huge bloodshed of common people. So we will not put up his photograph.”


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