The Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha celebrated the 71st death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on Wednesday by shooting his effigy. A video, showing Mahasabha’s National Secretary Puja Shakun Pandey shooting the effigy went viral on social media. Office bearers and members burned the effigy as it bled. They even garlanded the statue of his assassin Nathuram Godse, reports said.
After Pandey shot at the effigy, ‘blood’ was seen oozing out of it. Reports suggest that Pandey also distributed sweets among her supporters and fellow Mahasabha members. Pandey said she was starting a tradition of recreating Gandhi’s assassination every year on 30 January, comparing it to the burning of Ravana effigies every Dussehra, Times of India reported. According to the report, she held Gandhi responsible for the Partition and called Godse’s act of killing Gandhi admirable. …
“The incident took place in a house in Naurangabad locality of the city. Later, the video of the event went viral on social media,” Kulhary told PTI.… They reminded the people of India that Gandhi was assassinated by one of their own, Nathuram Godse, on January 30, 1948, within six months of Indian Independence. Surprisingly, this time a woman office bearer enacted the assassination and even had it recorded. They even chanted Mahatma Nathuram Godse Amar Rahey (Long Live Nathu Ram Godse).…
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