Congress said it had yet to fight a major gaffe on day 14 of its ambitious rally, the Bharat Jodo Yatra. The party’s senior leadership joined rank-and-file workers in marching side by side. However, as their rally reached Ernakulum district in Kerala, the party faced a mistake they had not anticipated, he said.
A yatra poster had a picture of VD Savarkar in a queue with other freedom fighters. However, Congress never considered Savarkar as such, saying he had only apologized to the British instead of fighting them.
The ‘misstep’ was noticed by Kerala Independent MP PV Anwar, backed by the LDF. Anwar posted a video on social media platform Facebook claiming that signs kept in Chengamanad as part of the Congress Bharat Jodo Yatra had a picture of Savarkar. Workers then covered it with a picture of Mahatma Gandhi, he added.
“When it was pointed out that the photo of VD Savarkar was on the Bharat Jodo Yatra poster in Aluva, the Muslim League’s narrative was that the poster was from Karnataka, where the BJP had installed the poster during the independence day celebrations. But the poster is from Kerala, not Karnataka. Congress has rectified its error by covering Savarkar’s image with that of Mahatma Gandhi,” the MP wrote.
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“BETTER LATE THAN NEVER”, SAYS BJP
The BJP, which considers Savarkar a hero, wasted no time in getting involved.
“Veer Savarkar’s pictures adorn the Congress Bharat Jodo Yatra at Ernakulum (near the airport). Although belated, good achievement for Rahul Gandhi, whose great-grandfather Nehru, signed a pardon petition, begged the British to allow him to escape Nabha prison in Punjab in just 2 weeks,” tweeted Amit Malviya, head of the BJP’s IT cell.
“Rahul ji, no matter how hard you try the story and the truth comes out, Savarkar was Veer! Those who hide are the ‘kaayars’,” Shehzad Poonawalla tweeted.
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Soon, Congress clarified.
“It was a misprint,” the big old party said.
The printers’ mandate was to create a poster with photos of freedom fighters. They went online and made the posters with what was available without overlapping, the party said.
Once the mistake was noticed, local workers attempted to cover it up with Mahatma Gandhi’s picture, he added.
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