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Who was hanged along with Godse for Mahatma’s murder? Cong poser to RSS


New Delhi : Congress on Wednesday posed two questions in its KnowYourLegacy series on its Twitter page in what a party leader described as bringing the true face of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) before the netizens.

The first question is: Which organisation opposed the acceptance of India Tricolour flag by saying “The word three is in itself an evil?” The four choices to vote were RSS, Hindu Mahasabha, Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP).

Another question is: “Which RSS member and co-conspirator was hanged alongside Nathuram Godse for the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi?”

The party provided answer to the second question, but not to the first and the party leaders said it was obvious. “Narayan Apte was hanged alongside Nathuram Gose for assassination of Mahatma Gandhi,” they said.

According to them, the VHP was set up by then RSS chief “Guruji” M S Golwalkar and S S Apte, popularly known as Dada Saheb in 1964 while the Bajrang Dal emerged as a militant wing of the VHP only in 1984 and so they did not exist when the Tricolour was adopted as India’s national flag.

It was the RSS that refused to fly the Tricolour and it used to mount its own flag until recently.  The Hindu Mahasabha, which is also now a militant Hindu organisation, had no objection to the Tricolour as it was still under the influence of renowned educationist Madan Mohan Malviya, who founded the Baharas Hindu University, and nationalist Punjabi leader Lala Lajpat Rai in 1914, at least 11 years before the RSS was formed, they said.

Some Hindu Mahasabha leaders claim it was originally founded in 1882 in Lahore, three years before the Indian National Congress was born in Bombay (now Mumbai) in December 1885.

Technical snag hits British Airways flight, lands in Chennai

Chennai: A British Airways flight bound for London returned here today following a “technical snag,” airport officials said. The flight carrying 160 passengers returned to the city after the pilots detected the “technical snag” soon after it took off, they said. The passengers, after disembarkation, were provided accommodation in various city hotels, they said, adding the flight was expected to make a delayed departure later in the day.

Court summons ex-IAF chief Tyagi, others in chopper deal case

New Delhi: A court here on Wednesday issued summons to former Indian Air Force chief S.P. Tyagi and others in the multi-million dollar AgustaWestland VVIP helicopter deal case. After taking cognisance of the charge sheet, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Judge Arvind Kumar issued the summons, asking them to appear in court on December 20. Those issued summons included Tyagi’s cousin Sanjeev alias Julie, then IAF Vice Chief JS Gujral, advocate Gautam Khaitan, Italian company Finmeccanica, its subsidiary AgustaWestland, and IDS Infotech. The companies will be represented by their authorised representatives.

Two commandos, two militants killed in Kashmir

Srinagar: Two militants who had killed a BSF trooper on September 28 and two Indian Air Force (IAF) commandos were killed on Wednesday in a fierce gun battle in Jammu and Kashmir’s Bandipora district. Four Army soldiers were also injured in the fighting in Paribal village of Hajin area. The dead Garud commandos have been identified as Neelesh Nayan and Milind Khabar, Defence Ministry spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said.

Mamata blames Centre for unrest in Darjeeling

Jhargram: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday held the Centre responsible for the Darjeeling unrest and said the state government would not tolerate any rumour-mongering that might endanger peace.  Speaking at an administrative meeting held here this afternoon, she requested the people in the hills and the former Maoist stronghold of Jangalmahal not to pay heed to any form of instigation or rumours.